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Keane, John B. 1928-2002

Overview
Works: 201 works in 677 publications in 2 languages and 9,864 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  History  Short stories  Documentary television programs  Christmas fiction  Historical fiction  Film adaptations  Domestic fiction  Christmas stories 
Subject Headings: Authors, Irish 
Roles: Author, Other, Creator, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PR6061.E2, 823.914
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Big Maggie : a play in two acts by John B Keane( )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Easily one of the best plays of the last fifty years and arguably John B. Keane's masterpiece. Set in 1960s rural Ireland, Big Maggie is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to take control of her life following the death of her husband. The story centres on Big Maggie Polpin and her attempts to keep her family together after the death of her husband is an enduring theatre favourite. The dialogue crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her feckless family and unwanted suitors. Everyone wants a part of Big Maggie and her property but she has other ideas. 'fiendishly compelling' - The Irish Times About John B. Keane: John B. Keane, one of Ireland's most prolific and respected literary figures, died on 30 May 2002 at the age of 73, after a long and difficult battle with cancer. John B. Keane was born in 1928 in Listowel, County Kerry and it was here that he spent his literary career, running a pub which provided him with inspiration for his characters and ideas. His first play, Sive, was presented by the Listowel Drama Group and won the All-Ireland Drama Festival in 1959. It was followed by another success, Sharon's Grave, in 1960. The Field (1965) and Big Maggie (1969), are widely regarded as classics of the modern Irish stage and jewels in a crown which includes such popular hits as Many Young Men of Twenty, The Man from Clare, Moll, The Chastitute and The Year of the Hiker. His large canon of plays have been seen abroad in cities as far afield as Moscow and Los Angeles. Big Maggie ran on Broadway for over two months in 1982 and The Field was adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film, starring Brenda Fricker and Richard Harris, in 1991. But it was not just in his plays that John B. Keane managed to portray all aspects of humanity with both wit and truth. He also wrote many fine novels, including The Contractors, A High Meadow and Durango. Durango was adapted for the big screen, starring Brenda Fricker and Patrick Bergin. A writer of essays, short stories and letters, his humorous words live on in Celebrated Letters of John B. Keane, More Celebrated Letters, The Best of John B. Keane and The Short Stories of John B. Keane. In 1987 John B. Keane received a special award for his enduring place in Irish life and letters from the Sunday Independent/Irish Life. In that year he also won a Sunday Tribune Arts Award and in 1988 he was chosen as the recipient of the Irish-American Fund Award for Literature. In 1999 he was presented with a Gradam medal, the Abbey Theatre's highest award. He was a member of Aosdana and the recipient of honorary doctorates from Trinity College, Dublin, Limerick University and Marymount College, New York. John B. Keane remains one of Mercier's best-loved and best-selling authors
The Celts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the story of the Celts from their earliest roots through the flowering of their culture and their enduring heritage today. Includes reconstructions of iron-age villages, dramatizations of major historical events and visits to modern Celtic lands
The bodhrán makers by John B Keane( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in rural Ireland in the 1950s, this is the story of a group of people celebrating their Celtic heritage with an annual festival and the opposition of the local church to these "immoral, drunken and degenerate" ways
An Irish Christmas feast : the best of John B. Keane by John B Keane( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of over fifty stories that captures the excitement, romance, and playful mischief associated with Christmastime in County Kerry, Ireland
An Irish Christmas by John B Keane( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and German and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of seventeen stories that "draw on a rich folk culture to portray the holiday dreams and everyday shortcomings of ordinary country people during the Christmas season."--Jacket
Irish stories for Christmas by John B Keane( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and German and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve days' grace -- A Christmas visitor -- The curriculum vitae -- The miracle of Ballybradawn -- The scubblething -- A cock for Christmas -- Groodles -- The great Christmas raid at Ballybooley -- The magic stoolin -- The order of MacMoolamawn -- Cider -- Many years ago -- A Christmas performance -- Conscience money -- Spreading joy and jam at Christmas
Durango : a novel by John B Keane( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Irish cattle drive starring Mark Doran, who has inherited a farm from his father. World War II is on and Doran decides this is the right time to sell his 200-head herd. The novel chronicles his adventures on the way to the market. By the author of The Field
The teapots are out and other eccentric tales from Ireland by John B Keane( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fitting tribute to John B. Keane, for decades Ireland's favorite storyteller, this winning short story collection typifies the late author's folkloric imagination and storytelling arts
The field, and other Irish plays by John B Keane( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like O'Casey and Synge before him, John B. Keane, currently one of the most popular writers being produced at Dublin's Abbey Theater, shows an Ireland far removed from the romantic Emerald Isle of travel articles. Keane's Irish live in the hardscrabble world of provincial rural Ireland, where life is difficult and money is always scarce. The three plays that make up this collection present different facets of this brutal setting. In Sive, Keane shows us a young woman, "the flower of the parish," crushed by her materialistic family. In The Field, which was made into a successful movie starring Richard Harris, we see the lengths a local bully of a farmer will go to get a small piece of land he needs. And in Big Maggie, we meet a mother so cynically calculating and cold she makes Brecht's Mother Courage seem like Mother Teresa. All three plays are written with the grace and fine ear for the Irish dialect that we expect of the island's finest writers. Jack Helbig. -- From Booklist
Three plays by John B Keane( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ram of God : a novel by John B Keane( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ireland, a seminary student is seduced by a visiting cousin from America. The seduction is observed by his two brothers who tell on him and he is expelled. But he still dreams of entering the church. By the author of Durango
The year of the hiker by John B Keane( Book )

22 editions published between 1963 and 1991 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The man from Clare : a play in two acts by John B Keane( Book )

12 editions published between 1962 and 1992 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moll by John B Keane( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moll is a hilarious and highly successful comedy about life in an Irish country presbytery
The field by John B Keane( Book )

19 editions published between 1966 and 2008 in English and German and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Field is John B. Keane's fierce and tender study of the love a man can have for land and the ruthless lengths he will go to in order to obtain the object of his desire. It is dominated by Bull McCabe, one of the most famous characters in Irish writing today. An Oscar-nominated adaptation of The Field proved highly successful and popular worldwide, and starred Richard Harris, John Hurt, Brenda Fricker and Tom Berenger
Christmas in Ireland( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems, stories, and memories of the holiday season as celebrated in Ireland
The ram of God and other stories by John B Keane( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contractors : a novel by John B Keane( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the story of Dan Murray, who emigrated to England in 1952. He finds work as a building labourer and in time he becomes a building contractor. John B. Keane captures the turbulent, bawdy, anarchic life of Irish contractors and labourers as they try to make it big in England. Told in his usual hilarious and bulls-eye accurate style." -- Provided by publisher
Love bites and other stories by John B Keane( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters of an Irish parish priest by John B Keane( Book )

17 editions published between 1972 and 1992 in English and German and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The bodhrán makers
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An Irish Christmas feast : the best of John B. KeaneAn Irish ChristmasIrish stories for ChristmasDurango : a novelThe teapots are out and other eccentric tales from IrelandThe field, and other Irish playsThree playsThe ram of God : a novel
Alternative Names
John B. Keane irischer Schriftsteller und Dramatiker

John B. Keane romanschrijver uit Ierland (1928-2002)

Keane, John B.

Keane, John B., 1928-

Keane, John B. 1928-2002

Keane, John B. (John Brendan), 1928-2002

Keane, John Brendan 1928-2002

Джон Б. Кин

Languages
English (239)

German (9)