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The Angry Years: A Literary Chronicle
by Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson's 1956 work The Outsider contributed largely to the popularization of existentialism in Britain and helped earn him the Angry Young Man label. Here he takes us on a journey back to this era, revealing fascinating and sometimes disturbing stories from the greats, including John Osborne, Kingsley Amis, Kenneth Tynan, and John Braine—to name but a few. Historical ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by Anova Books
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Memoir, history, literary criticism, gossip column – it’s all here in this hugely entertaining book from Colin Wilson. He takes us back to the heady days of The Angry Young men. He was there. He knew them all. No one was quite up to his standard, of course, and if they had only listened to him they all would have been better writers, but as anecdote follows anecdote, with a hefty dose of debunking assessment of their work, and a pretty widely targeted amount of character assassination, the reade ...more
Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...moreMore about Colin Wilson...