#OTD in 1939 – At Swim-Two-Birds, a novel by writer Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction. The novel’s title derives from Snámh dá Én (‘Swim-Two-Birds’), a ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited […]

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#OTD in 1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan, in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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#OTD in 1939 – At Swim-Two-Birds, a highly experimental novel by Flann O’Brien, is published in London.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction. The novel’s title derives from Snámh dá Én (‘Swim-Two-Birds’), a ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited […]

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#OTD in 1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan, in Dublin.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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#OTD in 1939 – At-Swim-Two-Birds, a highly experimental novel by Flann O’Brien, is published in London.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction. The novel’s title derives from Snámh dá Én (‘Swim-Two-Birds’), a ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited […]

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1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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1911 – Birth of Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien or Myles na gCopaleen).

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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1939 – At Swim-Two-Birds is published.

At Swim-Two-Birds, a book by Irish satirist and commentator Flann O’Brien (Brian O’Nolan) is published. In 2005, critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo picked the book as one of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923—the publication date of the first TIME magazine. Brian O’Nolan is of Ireland’s finest writers and satirists, but maybe […]

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Today in Irish History – 13th March:

1784 – Reform Bill in Irish House of Commons. 1791 – Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man (part 1) – a reply to Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France and a major influence on Irish radicals – is published. 1846 – Ballinglass ‘Famine’ (An Gorta Mor) Evictions. 1865 – Birth of Patrick Nally in […]

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