Borstal Boy

by Behan, Brendan

Borstal Boy is an autobiographical 1958 book by Brendan Behan. The story depicts a young, fervently idealistic Behan who loses his naivete over the three years of his sentence, softening his radical stance and warming to the other prisoners. From a technical standpoint, the novel is chiefly notable for the art with which it captures the lively dialogue of the Borstal inmates, with all the variety of the British Isles' many subtly distinctive accents intact on the page.

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Borstal Boy

by BEHAN, BRENDAN

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1959
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First American Edition. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips. Presentation copy to his New York publicist, “To Abne
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First American Edition. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips. Presentation copy to his New York publicist, “To Abner, who created the New York version of Brendan Behan 13 ix 60.” Behan, almost from his first step ashore, took to New York, and New York embraced him in turn. Other… Read more
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1959
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First American Edition, warmly inscribed by Behan "For Bill / looking forward to many / more fruitful discussions / Brendan" and dated 14 ix 60. An uncommon title to find signed. Book is in very good condition with one corner bumped and small patch of light scuffing to lower right front board. Despite serious staining on the dust wrapper interior,… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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London, Hutchinson & Co, 1958. 1st Edition. 343 pages. Near fine full green calf lather with gitl border design and title. Internally fie with a portrait frontis of the author.
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Borstal Boy.

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1958
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Hutchinson, London., 1958. First edition. Octavo. 343 pages. Frontispiece.Fine in near-fine dustwrapper, designed by B.S. Biro, slightly creased at the edges.
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1958
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London: Hutchinson, 1958. A first edition, first printing published by Hutchinson in 1958. A near fine book without inscriptions in very good unclipped wrapper with one neat closed tear to the spine and some small stains to the top of the spine. Rare
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Borstal Boy.

by BEHAN, Brendan.

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1958
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London: Hutchinson 1958, 1958. First edition. 8vo. pp. 343. Portrait frontispiece of the author. Behan's famously obstreperous prison memoir, with a contemporary inscription written in an untutored hand, apparently from someone who shared some of the experiences detailed within. Behan had joined the IRA shortly after leaving school at the age of 14, and was sent down to a… Read more
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1958
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London: Hutchinson, (1958). First edition. An autobiographical story of prison and Borstal life. Dust jacket by Balint Stephen "Val" Biro. Near fine with page edges and endpapers lightly foxed but boards crisp, bright and fine. In very good dust jacket with tear in spine internally mended, light wear on spine ends, and white spine lettering tanned.
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1958
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London: Hutchinson, 1958. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Near fine. 342 p. 22 cm. Frontispiece portrait. Purple cloth in mylar-covered dustjacket. Light wear to edges of book and jacket. In his autobiography, Behan depicts himself as young, fervently idealistic rebel who loses his naïveté over the three years of his sentence to a juvenile borstal. Gradually he softens his… Read more
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Borstal Boy

by Brendan Behan

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1958
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UK: Hutchinson, 1958. First Edition . Cloth. Very Good ++/Very Good++. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Edition 1958. Book is very good++ and bright. Nice clean contents. The complete wrapper is very good++ and bright. Small closed tear to edge. Spine tips rubbed. A nice example. More images can be taken upon request.… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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1958
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"Borstal Boy" by Brendan Behan. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., [1958]. First edition. pp. 343. frontispiece photo. of author. Hardcover, maroon cloth with silver title on spine (corners bent on front cover, 2 worn spots on cover's edge, few marks, some light foxing to margins, shelf wear to covers, owner's stamp on front free endpaper, original bookseller's invoice inserted).… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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1994-09-01
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Borstal Boy: Programme/Playbill

by Behan, Brendan

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1967
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1st Edition
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Dublin, Ireland: Abbey Theatre, 1967. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Unpaged (12pp) in original wrappers, , with program notes, the cast list for the play as center pages headed by [First production of Borstal Boy],opened on October 10, 1967 at the Abbey Theatre. Inscription on the front cover reads [Christmas Pantomime '67 .18/Jan/1968 performance attended by President DeValera].
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BORSTAL BOY

by Brendan Behan

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1971
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New York: Random House. 1971. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. .
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Borstal boy

by BEHAN, Brendan

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1959
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FIRST AMERICAN EDITION
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Grey cloth with silver lettering on cover and spine, unclipped dustjacket slightly worn and chipped with larger chip on the back; overall a near fine uncut copy.
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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First American edition
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First American edition. 372 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Blue buckram. Fine, in Fine dust jacket. First American edition. 372 pp. 1 vols. 8vo.
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21.75cm); blue-grey cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and silver on spine and front cover; green topstain; dustjacket; [x],372,[2]pp. Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, price-clipped, lightly edgeworn and gently spine-sunned, with a few tiny tears and attendant creases. Irish poet's memoirs of three years… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. Lovely First American edition of the Behan classic in an unclipped dj with a fine portrait cover of the great Behan, by photographer Denis Hughes-Gilbey.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Good. Ireland Irish I.R.A. Sinn Fein. Catalogs: BIOGRAPHY.
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BORSTAL BOY

by Brendan Behan

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1959
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New York: Knopf. 1959. First Edition; Third Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good dust jacket. Rubbing along panel edges. .
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BORSTAL BOY

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1959
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1959. First Edition; Second Printing. Hardcover. Good in a fair dust jacket. Chips and tears, soiling. A handled copy. Front flap detached but present. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .
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Borstal Boy

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1990-01-01
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BORSTAL BOY

by Behan, Brendan

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J. Wyatt Books
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1958
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London: Hutchinson, 1958. Hardcover; 8vo; 343 pages. First U.K. edition. Pale purple cloth hardcovers with silver titles on spine. Rubbed edges. Bumped corners. Yellowing but clean interior. In a yellow jacket, ill. in browns with b+w titles. Sunned spine with bumped edges.Top-edge bumped, and a little sunned overall. G+/G. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. Good+/Good.
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Borstal Boy

by Behan, Brendan

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1958
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E-013: Hutchinson & Co (Publishers) Ltd. Very Good. 1958. Hardcover. Hardcover. 8vo. Hutchinson & Company, London, UK. 1959. 372 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. DJ has shelf-wear present to the DJ extremities (DJ is lightly chipped and sunned along the spine). Bound in cloth boards with titles present to the spine. Boards have light shelf-wear present to … Read more
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Borstal Boy

by Brendan Behan

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1959
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959 Stated second printing. Unclipped dust jacket with $4.50 price intact. Jacket has rubbing to panel edges, is now wrapped in protective Brodart. Clean text and interior. Tight, square binding. Blue cloth with silver title on spine and decorative front cover. Deckled fore edge.
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Borstal Boy

by Behan, Brendan

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1959
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Fine
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2d Ptg.
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Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. 2d Ptg. . Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Sturdy book, dark gray cloth, very bright silver initials and design on front and spine, 372 heavy pages. DJ beneath mylar, a photo of older Behan on front, green, red and white lettering very fine, green back with excerpts. DJ spine top and front has surface wear… Read more
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Borstal Boy

by Behan, Brendan

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1958
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London, U.K.: Hutchinson & Co (Publishers) Ltd, 1958. Hardcover. First edition. Jacket is not price-clipped. Name and date penned on front endpaper. Dust jacket is considerably faded and edge-worn. Small tears to upper edge of front dust jacket, left side of jacket spine head and jacket spine. Jacket spine ends and leading corners are nicked. Hardcover boards and spine are… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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Hutchinson 1958. First edition, octavo, purple cloth boards with silver lettering to spine, frontispiece, 343pp, VG (previous owner's name in ink to fep, light tanning & light foxing to page edges) in d/w VG (light foxing, light tanning, light bruising to spine extrems)
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Borstal boy

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Knopf. Collectible - Good. First edition copy. Collectible - Good. Poor dust jacket. (ireland, IRA, memoir, autobiography)
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Borstal Boy (Nonpareil Books)

by Behan, Brendan

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Borstal Boy

by Behan, Brendan

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2010
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1st ed. thus
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London: Independent , 2010. 1st ed. thus. As New. octavo. hardback with dust jacket 305pp., Originally published in 1958; this a new edition in the Banned Books series
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Borstal Boy (Banned Books edition)

by Brendan Behan

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1958-01-01
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Paperview U.K. Ltd, 1958-01-01. Hardcover. Used: Good.
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BORSTAL BOY.

by Behan, Brendan.

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1959.
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959.. 1959.. Good. - Octavo, gray cloth titled in gilt on the spine in a dust wrapper. The bottom corner of the rear cover is rubbed. The dust jacket is rubbed & chipped with a tear to the top edge of its front panel. Title, [2] leaves, 372 & [1] pages plus colophon. Very good… Read more
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Borstal Boy

by Brendan Behan

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1958
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Hutchinson Of London, 1958. Hardcover. Acceptable. 1958. First Published. 342 pages. No dust jacket. Red cloth. Black and white photographic frontispiece. Binding is shaky, pages slightly loose. Pages have light tanning and foxing throughout. Previous owner's inscriptions to front free endpaper and pastedowns. Creasing and minor markings to some pages. Boards have heavy shelf-wear with bumping to corners… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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hutchinson london 1958. first edition 343pp VG+ (purple cloth,sl.bumps and wear to extrems.,boards v.sl.shaky,sl.cocked w.v sl.foxing to ep's & stain to fore edge, v sl rubbed) in G+ d/w .sl.bumps and wear to extrems with sl chipped spine head & foot & v sl creasing sl foxed & sunned )
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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Avon, 1959, 1959. Paperback. Good. Pages can have notes/highlighting. Spine may show signs of wear. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less.Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Good clean unmarked copy. Secure packaging for safe delivery.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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Borstal Boy.

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1996-09-01
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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Borstal Boy

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Borstal Boy

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Borstal Boy (A Nonpareil book)

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Borstal Boy

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Bold Brendan belongs in every library. Text unmarked. Ex lib with library markings. Hinged. Very popular book when published. A good read. I have read the book and recommend it. Dj is ok and covered in mylar.
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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New York Cuty Ny: Alfred A Knopf, 1959. First American Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Good. 372 Pp. Grey Cloth Stamped In Silver. First American Edition Stated. Very Near Fine, Bright And Clean, No Marks, Silver All Brilliant And Complete. Dust Jacket Priced $4.50 Is Worn, Torn, With Small Losses, One Short Internal And External Clear Tape Repair… Read more
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Borstal Boy.

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Borstal Boy

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Borstal Boy

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Hutchinson 1958. First edition, Octavo, dark purple card boards with silver lettering to spine, frontispiece, 343 pp, VG- (occasional foxing to pages, some foxing to eps, heavy foxing to page edges, light rubbing to boards) in d/w VG- (heavy browning & staining to spine, moderate browning to covers, some bruising to spine extrems, 1.5cm closed tear to upper rear… Read more
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Borstal Boy

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1959
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Avon, 1959. Very Good-. 1959. Paperback. Binding tight. Pages unmarked but somewhat tanned. Cover has some wear at edges, but otherwise okay. ; 7.0 X 4.3 X 0.8 inches; 350 pages .
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Borstal Boy (Nonpareil Books)

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