Brian Friel





Brian Friel

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born
in Omagh, Ireland
February 09, 1929

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influences


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Brian Friel is a playwright and, more recently, director of his own works from Ireland who now resides in County Donegal.

Friel was born in Omagh County Tyrone, the son of Patrick "Paddy" Friel, a primary school teacher and later a borough councillor in Derry, and Mary McLoone, postmistress of Glenties, County Donegal (Ulf Dantanus provides the most detail regarding Friel's parents and grandparents, see Books below). He received his education at St. Columb's College in Derry and the seminary at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (1945-48) from which he received his B.A., then he received his teacher's training at St. Mary's Training College in Belfast, 1949-50. He married Anne Morrison in 1954, with whom he has four daughters and one son; they
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Average rating: 3.76 · 6,860 ratings · 286 reviews · 48 distinct works · Similar authors
Translations
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,017 ratings — published 1981 — 6 editions
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Dancing at Lughnasa
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,367 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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Philadelphia, Here I Come!
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 422 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Faith Healer
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 1980 — 6 editions
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The Freedom of the City
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 130 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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Making History
2.99 of 5 stars 2.99 avg rating — 138 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
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Molly Sweeney
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1994 — 6 editions
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Lovers: Winners and Losers
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1968 — 3 editions
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Selected Plays
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 57 ratings — published 1984 — 4 editions
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Plays 1: Philadelphia, Here...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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“It is not the literal past, the 'facts' of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.”
Brian Friel

“To remember everything is a form of madness.”
Brian Friel, Translations

“Even if I did speak Irish, I’d always be considered an outsider here, wouldn’t I? I may learn the password but the language of the tribe will always elude me, won’t it? The private core will always be ...hermetic, won’t it?”
Brian Friel, Translations

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