Brendan Behan(1923-1964), Writer and playwright
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Dublin born writer and playwright, Brendan Behan first began to write while imprisoned for IRA terrorist activities. His first play The Quare Fellow (1954, filmed 1962) and subsequent play The Hostage (1958), were both produced by influential theatre director Joan Littlewood. Behan's autobiographical novel Borstal Boy (1958) also helped establish his reputation as a leading Irish writer. In 1955 he married Beatrice ffrench-Salkeld, the daughter of painter Cecil ffrench-Salkeld. Beatrice would illustrate Behan's book Hold Your Hour and Have Another (1963), and after his early death in 1964, published the memoir My Life with Brendan (1974).