Flann O'Brien (1911-1966) is the author of The Dalkey Archive, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Hard Life, The Poor Mouth, and The Third Policeman, all available from Dalkey Archive Press.
The best comic writer I can think of. -- S.J. Perelman Brilliant, morosely inventive comic turns devoted to O'Brien's favourite topics: the literary life, the Gaelic Revival, civil service bureaucracy, booze and its discontents. Observer A lot of American readers think that S.J. Perelman was the humorous essayist of the century; but who did Perelman himself consider the best comic writer around? Flann O'Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, aka Brian O'Nolan... Not to be missed. Washington Post