American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Behan, Brendan Francis 1923-1964. Irish writer whose early association with the Irish Republican Army and experiences in prison influenced his works, including the play The Quare Fellow (1954) and the autobiographical Borstal Boy (1958).
“The subsequent English language version of The Hostage (1958), again much influenced by Joan Littlewood during a troubled collaboration with Behan, is a bawdy, slapstick play that inter alia adds a number of flamboyant gay characters, and bears only a limited resemblance to the original Gaelic version.”
“* Behan is also mentioned in the song “All Things considered” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.”
“* Behan is also mentioned in the Pogues song “Thousands are Sailing” (written by Philip Chevron) with reference to the experience of Irish immigrants in New York.”
“The name Behan is said to mean bee-keeper, but the good thing about Brendan Behan was that he didn't keep them in his bonnet.”
“* Brendan Behan is also mentioned in the Damien Dempsey song Jar Song.”
“* In Dexys Midnight Runners’ first single, “Dance Stance” (a/k/a “Burn It Down”), a top 40 hit in the UK, Behan is named among other Irish writers in the song’s chorus.”
“An homage to the famous playwright/IRA member/severe alcoholic from whom the bar derives its name, the Behan is a hole in the wall that's worth visiting.”
“It would be located in a quarry known as Behan's Quarry, some 3km (2 miles) from Rathcoole, west Dublin.”
“Ike Clanton succeeded in obtaining murder warrants, and there was a monthlong preliminary hearing in which Sheriff Behan testified for the prosecution.”
“Wyatt desperately wanted Behan's job — and its lucrative tax-collecting duties — and saw a crackdown on the lawless cowboys as a way to achieve that goal, Guinn says.”
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