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Flann O'Brien corduroy cap

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Brian O'Nolan (1911 – 1966), better known by his pen name Flann O'Brien, was an Irish novelist, playwright, and satirist. Born in Strabane, County Tyrone, he is regarded as a key figure in modernist and postmodern literature. His English-language novels, such as At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, were written under the O’Brien pen name. His many satirical columns in The Irish Times and an Irish language novel An Béal Bocht (The Poor Mouth) were written under the name Myles na gCopaleen.

O'Brien's novels have attracted a wide following for their bizarre humour and modernist metafiction. As a novelist, O'Brien was influenced by James Joyce, though he was nonetheless sceptical of the cult of Joyce, which overshadows much of Irish writing, saying "I declare to God if I hear that name Joyce one more time I will surely froth at the gob."

This design for this hat is inspired by the Walker & Co. 1966 US edition of O'Brien's At Swim Two-Birds, best distinguished for its dust jacket front cover quotes by James Joyce and Dylan Thomas, who wrote: "Establishes Mr. O'Brien in the forefront of contemporary writing. This is just the book to give to your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl."

• 100% cotton corduroy
• Unstructured, 6-panel, low-profile
• Cotton twill sweatband and taping
• 6 embroidered eyelets
• Adjustable strap with a gold-colored metal buckle
• Head circumference: 20″–22″ (50.8 cm–56 cm)