Brendan Behan – The Quare Fellow

Brendan Behan and Jackie Gleason in New York.

THE enfant terrible of Irish literature, Brendan Behan died #OTD in 1964 at the age of just 41. Behan was a gifted playwright and writer remembered today for his book Borstal Boy and plays The Quare Fellow and The Hostage.

From a working class republican family in Dublin he was a member of the IRA and was jailed for his activities leading to his famous book Borstal Boy. In later life he turned his back on republican violence advocating dialogue and compromise but succumbed in his personal life to his destructive alcoholism that blighted his career.

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