John Osborne


Born
in Fulham, London, The United Kingdom
December 12, 1929

Died
December 24, 1994


John James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of The Establishment. The stunning success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of his language, not only on behalf of the political causes he supported but also against his own family, including his wives and children though they often gave as good as they got.

He came onto the theatrical scene at a time when British acting was enjoying a golden age, but most great plays came from the United States and France. British plays remaine
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Look Back in Anger

3.60 avg rating — 7,647 ratings — published 1957 — 38 editions
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The Entertainer

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Luther

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Don't Need the Sunshine

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The Newsagent's Window: Adv...

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A Patriot for Me

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Inadmissible Evidence

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A Better Class of Person

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“Why don't we have a little game? Let's pretend that we're human beings, and that we're actually alive.”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

“Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs."

[Time Magazine, October 31, 1977]”
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“You're hurt because everything is changed. Jimmy is hurt because everything is the same. And neither of you can face it. Something's gone wrong somewhere, hasn't it?”
John Osborne, Look Back in Anger

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