This collection of essays examines the work of Flann O’Brien, a subversive, confounding and hilarious Irish novelist. It also considers the work of Myles na Gopaleen, whose Cruiskeen Lawn columns tapped into Dublin culture and humour for twenty-six years. Both writers emanated from civil servant Brian O’Nolan. This collection features the work of scholars in O’Brien studies as they approach his work in new and exciting ways. It also features a foreword written by O’Brien’s brother, Micheál Ó Nuallain.
Contributors: Jennika Baines (UCD), Kimberly Bohman-Kalaja (California State U – Dominguez Hills), Joseph Brooker (U London), Jon Day (U Oxford), Frank McNally (Irish Times), Richard T. Murphy (U South Carolina Upstate), Adrian Naughton (UCD), Amy Nejezchleb (Southern Illinois U Carbondale), Carol Taaffe (ind.), Samuel Whybrow (ind.).Jennika Baines has recently completed a PhD at University College Dublin entitled Flann O'Brien and the Catholic Absurd.