On occasion I find quotations or anecdotes that make me interested in a person or the persons work; today I did so.
The person in question is Brendan Behan (1923 – 1964), he was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also a committed Irish Republican and a volunteer in the I.R.A.
- “I only drink on two occasions – when I’m thirsty and when I’m not“
- Behan was once hired to write an advertising slogan for Guinness. As part of his payment for this, the company offered him half a dozen kegs of their stout. After a month the company asked Behan what he had come up with; Behan had already managed to drink all of the beer they had given him and hurriedly produced the slogan: ‘Guinness Makes You Drunk’. Not surprisingly he didn’t win the contract.
- His last words is said to have been – to several nuns standing over his death bed; ‘God bless you, and may your sons all be bishops.’
Now I’ve never heard of the him before but I feel obliged to read up on him and his work.
Any starter tips/must reads would be nice!