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Look back in anger
Osborne, John, 1929-1994.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Penguin, 1982.

Physical Description:
96 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published: New York : Criterion Books, 1957.
Format :


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Material Type
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PR6029.S34 L5C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PR6029.S34 L5C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PR6029.S34 L5C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Jimmy Porter, frustrated and bitter in his drab flat, lives with his middle-class wife, Alison. Also sharing the flat is Cliff who keeps things tenuously together. Alison's friend Helen arrives and persuades her to leave Jimmy only to fall for him herself. When Alison becomes pregnant, Helen leaves the couple. This play originally opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 1956 and has since proved to be a milestone in the history of theater.

Author Notes

John Osborne was born on December 12, 1929 in London, England. He was educated at Belmont College, Devon but was expelled after attacking the headmaster. He became involved in theatre, as a stage manager and then as an actor. He started writing plays and two of them, The Devil Inside Her and Personal Enemy, were staged in regional theatres before he submitted Look Back in Anger to the newly formed English Stage Company at London's Royal Court Theatre. The company chose the play as the third production to enter repertory. The play became a commercial success, transferring to the West End and to Broadway, and was later filmed with Richard Burton in the leading role. His other plays included The Entertainer, Luther, Inadmissible Evidence, A Patriot for Me, A Hotel in Amsterdam, A Sense of Detachment, and Deja Vu.

He also wrote a number of screenplays, mainly adaptations of his own works. He won an Oscar for his 1963 adaptation of Tom Jones. He acted in a few films including Get Carter, Tomorrow Never Comes, and Flash Gordon. He also wrote two autobiographies entitled A Better Class of Person and Almost a Gentleman. He died from complications brought on from his diabetes on December 24, 1994 at the age of 65.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

A landmark British anti-establishment play that portrays young Jimmy Porter-- fierce, working class, intelligent, and suffering-- who became the first ``angry young man.'' In the same tradition as Sillitoe, below. [BKL O 15 57]

Table of Contents

Time: The present
Act I Early Evening. April
Act II
Scene 1 Two weeks later
Scene 2 The following evening
Scene 1 Several months later
Scene 2 A few minutes later