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Irish writer

by Peter Long

Ink on JPP dull white inlay paper 28x33 cms (Edition of 5, signed. Fits standard 28x33 cms/11x13 inch frame)

h 16  x  w 14 cm
h 6.3  x  w 5.5 in


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One of Ireland's greatest writers, Brendan Behan (1923-1964) was born in Dublin and into a deeply troubled past. He spent much of his youth in borstal and prison for activity in the IRA. Confined, he began creative writing and after release in 1946 his art and reputation gathered in strength and success. New York became his spiritual home but the burden of the past and the encumbrance of fame gnawed away his strength. He found solace in company and drink but alcoholism killed him at the age of 41. The title for this print comes after his comment, "The English and Americans dislike only some Irish - the same Irish that the Irish themselves detest - Irish writers, the ones that think."

This is a relief print pulled from a sheet of rubber.