John Osborne

John Osborne, unapologetic rebel and original Angry Young Man, first won acclaim with the 1956 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 complexity.Osborne was born in rented rooms in South London, in 1929, 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, 1994, 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. Best Download [ John Osborne ] by [ John Heilpern ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – Osborne

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John Osborne  By John Heilpern IBN : 0375403159 Format : Hardcover –
  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • John Osborne
  • John Heilpern
  • English
  • 03 February 2017
  • 0375403159

10 thoughts on “John Osborne

  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 m...

  2. says:

    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 exe...

  3. says:

    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 wit...

  4. says:

    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 Osb...

  5. says:

    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 kne...

  6. says:

    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.

  7. says:

    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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