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Author Information: Brendan Behan

 
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Brendan Behan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1923. By the time he was eight years old he had become an alcoholic and by the age of 14 he had become a member of the IRA (Irish Republican Army). In 1939 he went to Liverpool, England, carrying explosives for the IRA. On the eve of his arrival he was arrested and in February 1940 he was sentenced to three years' reform school. He was released in 1941 and deported to Ireland. Soon afterwards he became involved in a shooting incident and sentenced to 14 years in prison. This time he had to serve at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin and Curragh Military Camp, County Kildare. Mountjoy became the setting of his first play, 'The Quare Fellow'.He was released under a general amnesty in 1946. While in prison he learned Irish and began to write poetry in Irish. After his release, he spent some time in Paris and back in Dublin he contributed to a weekly show on Radio Telefis Éireann. From 1953 he wrote a column in the Irish Press. He died on March 20, 1964, in Dublin.

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