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Encyclopedia > Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle

Born: May 8, 1958
Kilbarrack, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation: Novelist and Dramatist

Roddy Doyle (Irish: Foluisghlantoir O Duill, born May 8, 1958 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (129th in leap years). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kilbarrack (Irish: Cill Bharóg - Church of young Barra or St. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: 01, +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: 01, +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... A dramatist is an author of dramatic compositions, usually plays. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The Commitments (1987) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, and is the first episode in The Barrytown Trilogy. ... // April 28 - Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael Noonan OKeefe in New York Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation is made. ...


Doyle grew up in Kilbarrack, Dublin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College, Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. Kilbarrack (Irish: Cill Bharóg - Church of young Barra or St. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: 01, +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin - more commonly University College Dublin (UCD) - is Irelands largest university, with over 20,000 students. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

Contents

Bibliography

Novels

  • The Barrytown Trilogy:
    • The Commitments (1987, film 1991) — A group of Dublin teenagers, led by Jimmy Rabbitte Jr., decide to form a soul band in the tradition of James Brown.
    • The Snapper (1990, film 1993) — Jimmy's sister, Sharon, becomes pregnant. She is determined to have the child but refuses to reveal the father's identity to her family.
    • The Van (1991, shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize, film 1997) — Jimmy Sr. is laid off, as is his friend Bimbo. Bimbo buys a used fish and chips van and the two go into business for themselves.
  • Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993, winner of the 1993 Booker Prize) — The world as described, understood and misunderstood by a ten-year-old Dubliner.
  • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (1996) — a story of a battered wife, narrated by the victim; despite her husband's increasingly violent behaviour, she defends him, using the classic excuse "I walked into a door" to explain her bruises.
  • The Last Roundup:
  • Paula Spencer (2006) — Ten years after The Woman Who Walked into Doors, its protagonist returns.

The Barrytown Trilogy consists of the first three novels by Irish writer Roddy Doyle and is first published as a trilogy in 1992. ... The Commitments (1987) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, and is the first episode in The Barrytown Trilogy. ... James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006),[3] commonly referred to as The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. ... The Snapper (1990) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle and the second novel in The Barrytown Trilogy. ... It has been suggested that The Van (Novel) be merged into this article or section. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle and perhaps the most well-known book of the author. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (1996) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. ... The Last Roundup is a series of novels by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. ... A Star Called Henry (1999) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. ... Oh, Play That Thing! (2004) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. ...

Short stories

  • "The Slave" — Terry is middle aged, reads Cold Mountain and obsesses over a dead rat.
  • "Teaching" — reflections of spent, alcoholic teacher. New Yorker, April 2, 2007.

This article is about the novel. ...

Non-fiction

  • Rory and Ita — about Doyle's parents

Theatre

  • Brown Bread (1987)
  • War (1989)
  • The Woman who Walked into Doors (2003)

Television screenplay

  • Family (1994) — BBC serial which was the forerunner of the 1996 novel The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ...

Screenplays

  • When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) — An amusing, light-hearted tale of romance between a timid schoolteacher (Brendan) and a spunky thief (Trudy).

Children's books

  • The Giggler Treatment
  • Rover Saves Christmas
  • The Meanwhile Adventures

Research work about the author

  • La réécriture de l'histoire dans les Romans de Roddy Doyle, Dermot Bolger et Patrick McCabe by Alain Mouchel-Vallon (PhD thesis, 2005, Reims University, France). [1]

Dermot Bolger (born 1959) is an Irish novelist, playwright and poet born in Finglas, a suburb of Dublin. ... Patrick McCabe (born March 27, 1955 in Clones, in County Monaghan, Ireland) is an Irish writer of mostly dark and violent novels of contemporary, often small-town, Ireland. ...

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Roddy Doyle - MSN Encarta (463 words)
Roddy Doyle (Irish : Ruaidhrí Ó Dúill, born 8 May 1958 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter.
Roddy Doyle, born in 1958, Irish novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, who achieved widespread recognition when his novel The Commitments was made into a popular motion picture in 1991 by British director Alan Parker.
Doyle tackled Irish history in the novel A Star Called Henry (1999), which centers on the life and hardships of a dirt-poor character named Henry Smart who is born at the turn of the 20th century.
Metroactive Books | Roddy Doyle (706 words)
Doyle has had the fine fortune to have two of his novels made into pretty good feature films--The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, and The Snapper, directed by Stephen Frears (a film of another novel, The Van, is due out this fall).
Doyle gets his good reviews and the odd tribute/profile, but these pieces often evince a cautious quality, as if critics were hesitant to praise a writer who is so successful and whose work translates so easily into good movies.
Doyle climbed into the mind of a 10-year-old Dublin boy from the 1960s and evoked the terrors and exhilarations of a normal day.
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