Brendan Behan Biography
(One of the Greatest Irish Writers of All Time)
Birthday: February 9, 1923 (Aquarius)
Born In: Dublin, Ireland
One of the most influential Irish literary figures of the 20th century, Brendan Behan was known for his rugged, earthy satire and powerful political commentary. He was raised in a family that was revolutionary active against the British and as a result, his childhood and early days were steeped in rich Irish history, culture and literature. Many of his works reflect his patriotism which is largely influenced by the sort of literature he chose to indulge in and the patriotic ballads that he was made to listen to. This sort of nationalism grew on him and he joined the Irish Republican Army. As a result of his revolutionary activities, he was sent to prison in both England and Ireland and after a number of jail terms, he learnt to speak Irish fluently and wrote two of his most illustrious plays; ‘The Quare Fellow’ and ‘The Hostage’, the latter one was made into a Broadway production and vaulted him onto the world dais. Despite professional success, his personal life was laden with serious alcohol problem, which resulted in high-risk diabetes and his eventual death.