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John Osborne: A Patriot for Us. John Heilpern

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  8 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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 l
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Vintage Books USA (first published January 2006)
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Christopher Saunders
Apr 27, 2013 Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing
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 Heilpern tackles the "Angry Young Man" playwright in painstaking detail, using unpublished notebooks and interviews with dozens of family, friends and associates.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 ...more
Susan Rose
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.
Sull
Apr 22, 2010 Sull rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sull by: Library find.
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 fame & more money 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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