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John Osborne: The Many Lives of the Angry Young Manby John Heilpern
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John Osborne, the original Angry Young Man, shocked and transformed British theater in the 1950s with his play Look Back in Anger. This startling biography–the first to draw on the secret notebooks in which he recorded his anguish and depression–reveals the notorious rebel in all his heartrending complexity.
Through a working-class childhood and five marriages, Osborne led a tumultuous life. An impossible father, he threw his teenage daughter out of the house and never spoke to her again. His last written words were "I have sinned." Theater critic John Heilpern’s detailed portrait, including interviews with Osborne's daughter, scores of friends and enemies, and his alleged male lover, shows us a contradictory genius–an ogre with charm, a radical who hated change, and above all, a defiant individualist.
Based on Osborne's intimate journals and letters, a definitive portrait of rebel, playwright, and original Angry Young Man John Osborne describes his youth, his brief journalism career, his work in the theater, and his turbulent personal life, offering a revealing study of his lifelong battle with depression, as well as a critical analysis of his contributions to twentieth-century theater. Reprint.
About the Author
John Heilpern is the author of the classic book about theater Conference of the Birds: The Story of Peter Brook in Africa and of How Good is David Mamet, Anyway?, a collection of his theater essays and reviews. Born in England and educated at Oxford, his interviews for The Observer (London) received a British Press Award. In 1980, he moved to New York where he became a weekly columnist for The Times of London. An adjunct assistant professor of drama at Columbia University, he is drama critic for the New York Observer.
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