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Friel, Brian

Works: 460 works in 1,285 publications in 10 languages and 33,491 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Film adaptations  Biography  History  Diaries  Film and video adaptations  Audio adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Other, Adapter, Creator, Editor
Classifications: PR6056.R5, 822.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brian Friel
Philadelphia, here I come! by Brian Friel( Book )

58 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadway hit about a young Irishman on the eve of his emigration to America
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel( Book )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite their hardships, five sisters living in rural Ireland in 1936 are able to embrace life and all its complexities and dance with joy in their hearts
Lovers by Brian Friel( Book )

34 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This free-flowing cascade of dialogue, as beautiful and sparkling as the Ballymore Lake in bright sunlight, will scoop your audience up into the world of that most gifted playwright, Brian Friel. In Winners, two commentators are seated on either side of the stage with books. They speak without emotion about a 17-year-old girl and a boy half a year older who are on their way to meet upon a hilltop to study before examinations and perhaps talk about marriage. She is bubbling with life and is extreme in her enthusiasms. Whatever she likes, she loves; whatever she dislikes, she hates--momentarily. Joe, who follows, is earnest and has a total and touching belief in the value of education. While Joe tries to study, Mag talks, teases, sulks, gets angry and yet loving, too! Dispassionately, as the power and beauty of this love scene develop, the commentators tell us that the young lovers will soon be in a fatal accident. In the midst of enchantment, we discover the effects of this tragedy that will be. In the magic of this masterpiece, we see the lovers not only in this moment but in all time, and we share in their triumph, for despite the coming accident, they are, as the title suggests, winners. Losers is about older lovers, and a critic called it an "uproariously funny tragedy." This couple is trapped by an invalid mother who worships a nonexistent saint. Before this couple marries, the mother demands their immediate presence any time the couple stops talking in the parlor--and so the man tries to recite the only poem he knows while courting. The mother insists they come to see her when they start talking after marriage. Walter Kerr summed it up: "Its outrageousness comes from real observation, its satire from sympathy, its woebegone thunders from wit." Bare stage w/platform." -- Publisher's description
Dancing at Lughnasa by Pat O'Connor( Visual )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite their hardships, five sisters living in rural Ireland in 1936 are able to embrace life and all its complexities, and dance with joy in their hearts
Translations by Brian Friel( Book )

49 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ill-fated love affair between British soldier and Irish peasant girl set in 1833 Ireland during British attempt to replace native language, Gaelic, with English
Selected plays by Brian Friel( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philadelphia, here I come! - The freedom of the city - Living quarters - Aristocrats - Faith healer - Translations
Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel( Book )

40 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Molly Sweeney' tells the story of a woman who has the chance to regain her sight after being blind. Through a series of interconnected monologues we follow Molly's journey from darkness into light, as she lies in her hospital bed, attended by her husband and her eye surgeon. It was first produced at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in 1994
Crystal and Fox, and The Mundy scheme by Brian Friel( Book )

3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The loves of Cass McGuire : a play by Brian Friel( Book )

28 editions published between 1966 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three-act play concerning a woman of seventy, with a disreputable career behind her, who returns to Ireland
Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three married couples wait for a boatman to arrive to ferry them to Oilean Draiochta, Island of Otherness or Mystery. In the course of a night they talk, sing, and tell stories. What started as an escapade assumes the semblance of a pilgrimage. Gradually their true relationships and frailties are revealed in a play full of atmosphere and moods. 'Wonderful Tennessee' was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in June 1993
Faith healer by Brian Friel( Book )

31 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this darkly lyrical tale of a traveling faith healer roaming through Scotland and Wales with his wife and his manager, the author has created a metaphorical portrait of the artist as both creator and destroyer. The Broadway production starred James Mason.--From publisher description
Philadelphia, here I come by Brian Friel( Visual )

12 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concerns the emotional struggle of a young Irishman preparing to emigrate to America, with one actor portraying his public self and another his private thoughts
Living quarters by Brian Friel( Book )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on the Greek myth of Hippolytus, 'Living Quarters' concerns an Irish army officer who becomes a national hero, and explores the effects this has on his relationship with his family. 'Living Quarters' premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 1977
The freedom of the city by Brian Friel( Book )

29 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in Londonderry in 1970, this gripping drama is by the acclaimed author of Faith Healer and Translations, explores the ongoing Irish "troubles" that plague the country to this day. An unauthorized Civil Rights March has been dispersed and three demonstrators, two young men and a middle-aged mother of 11, take refuge in the Town Hall. Hysterical rumor inflates the trio to 40 armed rebels and they are besieged. When they surrender they are shot." (From publisher's website)
Plays two by Brian Friel( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The communication cord by Brian Friel( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Give me your answer, do! by Brian Friel( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As these wounded souls engage in their self-mocking, acerbic verbal duels, layers of defensive posturing are slowly stripped away, exposing each character's hopes, fears, and fragility, and the uncertainty and self-doubt at the heart of the very human quest for recognition."--Jacket
The gold in the sea by Brian Friel( Book )

6 editions published between 1962 and 1966 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the name by Charles McGlinchey( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making history by Brian Friel( Book )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The central character of this play is Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who led an Irish and Spanish alliance against the armies of Elizabeth I in an attempt to drive the English out of Ireland. The action takes place before and after the Battle of Kinsale, at which the alliance was defeated: with O'Neill at home in Dungannon, as a fugitive in the mountains, and finally exiled in Rome. 'Making History' was premiered at the Guidhall, Derry, in 1988
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Alternative Names
Friel, Brian

Frīls, Braiens 1929-

פרייל, ברין

פריל, בריאן 1929-

פריל, ברין

פריל, ברײן

براين فرايل، 1929 م-

فرييل، برايان، 1929 م-

フリール, ブライアン

English (490)

German (18)

French (10)

Danish (4)

Welsh (2)

Czech (2)

Catalan (1)

Arabic (1)

Dutch (1)

Slovenian (1)

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