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Single spies : two plays about Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt ; & Talking heads : six monologues
Bennett, Alan, 1934-
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First Summit Books edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Summit Books, 1990.

Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Single spies: An Englishman abroad. A question of attribution -- Talking heads: A chip in the sugar. Bed among the lentils. A lady of letters. Her big chance. Soldiering on. A cream cracker under settee.
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PR6052.E5 S56 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Bennett was born in Armley in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He decided to apply for a scholarship at Oxford University. He was accepted by Exeter College, Oxford from which he graduated with a first-class degree in history.

He was born on May 9, 1934; he is an English author, actor, humorist and playwright. Bennett was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford in 1987. He was also awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds in 1990 and an Hon. PhD from Kingston in 1996.

In October 2008 Bennett announced that he was donating his entire archive of working papers, unpublished manuscripts, diaries and books to the Bodleian Library free of charge, as a gesture of thanks and repaying a debt he felt he owed to the UK's social welfare system that had given him educational opportunities which his humble family background would otherwise never have afforded.

In 2015 his title, Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett, made The New Zealand Best Seller List. He also made the list in 2016 with his title The Lady in the Van. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Bennet is best known as a member of the quartet (along with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, and Jonathan Miller) responsible for the comedically influential London and Broadway revue Beyond the Fringe . ``An Englishman Abroad'' and ``A Question of Attribution,'' the two one-act plays here which comprise Single Spies, concern, respectively, Guy Burgess, a Foreign Office diplomat, and (Sir) Anthony Blunt, an eminent art historian and former Keeper of the Royal Pictures, both spies recruited by the KGB during World War II. The resultant juxtaposition is an interesting portrait of the traitor in exile (Burgess) and a metaphorical discussion between critic (Blunt) and monarch concerning art forgery. The six monologs of Talking Heads, originally written for television, are all delightfully quirky; the abundance of British idioms and expressions may thwart North American readers. For all libraries actively collecting 20th-century British playscripts.-- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.