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By Brian Friel

Brian Friel
- Biographical Information
- Career & Major Works
- Awards & Honours
- Conceptual & Stylistic Features
- Friel & Critics
- Background
- Crucial Subjects
- Stylistic Features & Devices

Brian Friel
Biographical Information:
- Brian Friel was born on January 9, 1929 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
- He was formally educated in Derry, Belfast, and County Kildare.
- Friel entered the seminary at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth where he received a B.A. in 1948.
- After a postgraduate teacher-training course at Saint Joseph's College, Belfast, he taught for more than a decade in Derry.
- He retired in 1960 at the age of thirty-one to become a full-time writer.
- Today, Friel lives with his wife in Greencastle on the Innishowen Peninsula (Schrank and Demastes 97).
Brian Friel Con.,
Career & Major Works:
- Friel's first radio plays were produced for the BBC Northern Ireland Home Service:
(1958) A Sort of Freedom
(1958) To This Hard House
- He began writing short stories for The New Yorker in 1959 and subsequently published two well-received collections:
(1962) The Saucer of Larks
(1966)The Gold in the Sea
- One of his most important achievements as both an Irishman and a playwright was the foundation of the Derry-based Field Day Theatre Company in 1980
(Schrank and Demastes 97).
Brian Friel Con.,
Awards & Honours:
- (1988) Evening Standard Award for Best Play-
- (1989) New York Drama Critics Circle Award for
Best Foreign Play –
- (1991) Laurence Olivier award for Best Play-
Dancing at Lughnasa
- (1992) New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play–
Dancing at Lughnasa
- (1992) Tony awards, including Best Play-
Dancing at Lughnasa
- (1995) New York Drama Critics Circle award for best foreign play –
Molly Sweeney

Brian Friel Con.,
Awards & Honours: Con.,
- (1972) election to the Irish Academy of Letters
- (1974)Honorary doctorate from Rosary College, River Forest, Illinois
- (1982) Honorary D.Litt. from the National University of Ireland
- (1986) Nomination to the Irish Senate
- (2006) Induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame
- Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- Member of the British Royal Society of Literature

Brian Friel Con.,
Conceptual & Stylistic Features:
- Brian Friel is a deeply political playwright whose work takes its bearings from the history and conflict in Ireland.
- His ongoing concern with cultural conflict is manifested in the numerous clashes between pagan and Christian religions (Gonzalez 88).
Friel's drama reveals an intimate awareness of his native country (Gonzalez 89).
- Friel has an increasing concern with characters caught between inner conflicts and social demands.
- His characters,constrained by poverty and limited opportunities, seek solace from narrow lives by indulging
in ultimately disappointing illusions (Gonzalez 86).

Brian Friel Con.,
Career & Major Works: Con.,
(1962) The Enemy Within
(1964) Philadelphia, Here I Come!
(1967) Lovers: Winners and Losers
(1973) The Freedom of the City
(1977) Living Quarters
(1980) Translations
(1981) Three Sisters
(1987) Fathers and Sons
(1990) Dancing at Lughnasa
(1993) Wonderful Tennessee
(1994) Molly Sweeney
(1998) Uncle Vanya
(2002) Afterplay
(2005) The Home Place
(2008) Hedda Gabler
His long-standing exploration of the limitations of language, of the conflict between private and public selves, and of the nature of history has likewise elicited wide critical discussion.
Brian Friel Con.,
Friel & Critics:
- D.E.S. Maxwell: "Friel will continue to find the dramatic forms that generalize, with humor and compassion, on his particular and regional veracities, where art begins."
- George O'Brien's: "Behind every verbal construct lies a silence out of which an alternative meaning to the text emerges"(Gonzalez 89).
- Seamus Deane: Friel's writing is infused with "the sense of a whole history of failure concentrated into a crisis over a doomed community or group" (Gonzalez 87).
Brian Friel Con.,
Conceptual & Stylistic Features: Con.,

The diversity of his dramatic efforts illustrates that he is never entirely comfortable within a particular style, time period, or subject matter and that he is continually seeking new ways to grapple with questions of human nature ( Schrank and Demastes 103).
- His dramatic works exhibit acutely sensitive constructions of character, revealing an extraordinary deftness in the portrayal of not only the dynamics of the Irish psyche but human nature in general (Schrank and Demastes 102).

Brian Friel Con.,
Conceptual & Stylistic Features: Con.,
- His plays continue to probe the ways in which human beings perceive and deceive themselves.
- As a playwright, he is interested in what words can conceal as in what silence can show.
-Friel's style is restless, ready to change and shift from comedy to pure sadness (Gonzalez 89).

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