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  1. says:

    This is a really insightful biography with some detailed interviews of people who were close to him, in particular the women who were in his life I picked up this biography for revision for an exam Im about to take involving Look Back in Anger and this book really helped show the man behind the play It has a very comprehensive index which always helps for research and is very focused on his work and how it affected his life I would definelty recommend this for anyone researching Osborne.


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    Osborne exemplified a generation of dramatists who detonated the understated drawing room dramas of Terrence Rattigan and Noel Coward, which dominated the West End in the years before and after WW II He exploded onto the London stage in 1957 with Look Back in Anger Featuring overstatements, long speeches, and strident anti class structure themes, the play shocked audiences, critics, and fellow playwrights Of 12 opening night critics, only two saw the breakthrough that Look Back in Anger repre Osborne exemplified a generation of dramatists who detonated the understated drawing room dramas of Terrence Rattigan and Noel Coward, which dominated the West End in the years before and after WW II He exploded onto the London stage in 1957 with Look Back in Anger Featuring overstatements, long speeches, and strident anti class structure themes, the play shocked audiences, critics, and fellow playwrights Of 12 opening night critics, only two saw the breakthrough that Look Back in Anger represented a television broadcast of an excerpt from the play soon brought Osborne to the attention of the younger audience he sought Two other masterpieces, The Entertainer and Inadmissible Evidence, followed in the next several years Heilpern writes with enviable ease and wit, explaining how he came to write Osborne s authorized biography he met casually with the playwright long before a biography was in the offing and after Osborne s death got to know his wife, who gave him complete access to her husband s papers Osborne emerges from this vivid, masterful biography as a giant of modern literature


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    One of the best show biz biographies I ve read Heilpern tackles the Angry Young Man playwright in painstaking detail, using unpublished notebooks and interviews with dozens of family, friends and associates The portrait of Osborne isn t remotely flattering a hateful misanthrope who alienated friends and family, feuded physically and psychically with his wives the chapters on Jill Bennett make terrifying reading and was generally a petty asshole see his vitriolic break up letter to Tony One of the best show biz biographies I ve read Heilpern tackles the Angry Young Man playwright in painstaking detail, using unpublished notebooks and interviews with dozens of family, friends and associates The portrait of Osborne isn t remotely flattering a hateful misanthrope who alienated friends and family, feuded physically and psychically with his wives the chapters on Jill Bennett make terrifying reading and was generally a petty asshole see his vitriolic break up letter to Tony Richardson Though Heilpern would have us think otherwise, occasional flashes of generosity and friendship by Osborne don t really make up for his transgressions Heilpern nonetheless gives Osborne the dramatist his due for better or worse, he changed theatre forever, his plays Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer and A Patriot for Me demolishing both the reliance on well made plays and the Lord Chamberlain s censorship authority Written with penetrating insight and colorful wit, Heilpern s book is formidable


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    John Osborne undoubtably changed the face of 20th Century British Theatre and both Don t Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer ensure his place in theatrical history However on the basis of this biography which tries incredibly hard to be sympathetic to its subject Osborne was a hard man to like He displayed shocking cruelty to his mother, his wives, his daughter his friends often for no discernible reason His biographer tries his best to paint the picture that he was just as muc John Osborne undoubtably changed the face of 20th Century British Theatre and both Don t Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer ensure his place in theatrical history However on the basis of this biography which tries incredibly hard to be sympathetic to its subject Osborne was a hard man to like He displayed shocking cruelty to his mother, his wives, his daughter his friends often for no discernible reason His biographer tries his best to paint the picture that he was just as much sinned against as sinning and that he was sensitive with a thin skin Sorry, but to me he is a man who liked to dish it out but couldn t take it His career was effectively over after The Entertainer the chapter on his last play Dejavu shows how he seemed intent on alienating people right to the end Admire the work but dislike the man


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    Very good interesting psychological reading of a probably impossible playwright of Look Back in Anger other works Another one of those sad cautionary tales of the downward slide of a man who realized his dream of famemoney than he knew what to do with The fame eventually faded into sour has been status the money dried up too, leaving him in debt Four marriages, way too much alcohol, but still writing angry letters to the editor till the very end.


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    The author does seem intent on disproving certain rumors about Osborne s life Which is counterintuitive because Osborne would have reveled in the knowledge that he d still be stirring up controversy after his death That said, it s very well written and detailed as all hell.


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    Yes, it s almost 500 pages long But Osborne had an amazinglycombative life For anyone who has an interest in the upheaval Osborne caused in the British theater in the 50 s, or anyone interested in the subject of self destruction, I recommend this book Those 500 pages go by very quickly.


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John Osborne John Osborne, Unapologetic Rebel And Original Angry Young Man, First Won Acclaim With The Production Of His Play Look Back In Anger, Which Completely Transformed Postwar Theater And Established Him As One Of Britain S Greatest Playwrights This Startling Biography The First Informed By The Secret Notebooks In Which He Recorded His Otherwise Hidden Anguish And Immobilizing Depression Reveals Osborne In All His Heartrending ComplexityOsborne Was Born In Rented Rooms In South London, In , To A Tubercular Father And A Barmaid Mother An Ailing Child, He Learned To Box And Was Later Expelled From School For Hitting His Headmaster At Fifteen, He Began As A Lowly Journalist For Gas World But Soon Fled To Join A Repertory Theater Company The Craft He Learned As An Actor And Dramatist Would Change His Life, Creating The Means Of Both Self Expression And Self Concealment Through Five Marriages To Actresses Pamela Lane, Mary Ure And Jill Bennett, And Critics Penelope Gilliatt And Helen Dawson His Private Life Generated Its Own Tumult And Drama, Farce And Pathos An Impossible Father, He Denounced His Teenage Daughter As Smug And Suburban, Threw Her Out Of The House And Never Spoke To Her Again When He Died, On Christmas Eve His Last Written Words Were I Have Sinned This Impeccably Researched Biography Includes Personal Interviews With Osborne S Estranged Daughter, Scores Of Friends And Enemies, And A Bombshell Of A Confession From His Alleged Male Lover Heilpern, A Theater Critic Himself, Presents A Contradictory Genius A Hopelessly Romantic English Melancholic, A Defiant Individualist Neither Of The Right Nor Of The Left, An Ogre With Charm, A Radical Who Hated Change, A Patriot Who Defended National Values Of Language, Music And Custom This Is An Essential, Unorthodox, Moving And Extraordinarily Frank Portrait Of The Artist, The Man And His Times