John Osborne

Standard Name: Osborne, John


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Intertextuality and Influence Catherine Cookson
She began this book while recovering from a nervous breakdown and trying to come to terms with her mother's death, their past relationship, and the discovery of her medical legacy from her father. She finished...
Literary responses Lesley Storm
The play received rave reviews in England. The reviewer for the Times wrote: The Dialogue is consistently neat and pointed, and tense situations open smoothly into situations yet more tense; the Evening News...
Literary responses Shelagh Delaney
The race issue received astonishingly little attention from reviewers, probably because SD was so far ahead of her time in acknowledging its existence. However, Colin MacInnes (himself homosexual and author of the novel City of...
Literary responses Shelagh Delaney
SD is to an unusual extent identified with her successful first play and with nothing else. In 2010 Jeanette Winterson wrote an exasperated piece on her entitled My hero: Shelagh Delaney. A Taste of...
Occupation Ann Jellicoe
AJ had a long-standing professional relationship with the Royal Court Theatre . Around the time her play The Sport of My Mad Mother was performed at the Court, she became involved in the newly formed...
politics Shelagh Delaney
SD was arrested (along with John Osborne and Vanessa Redgrave ) when she took part in an anti-nuclear demonstration at Trafalgar Square with the Committee of 100 .
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Author summary Dodie Smith
Dodie Smith, best known for writing the beloved children's novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians (1956), began her career as a dramatist; she wrote a series of hit plays in the 1930s. In the 1940s...
Publishing Ann Jellicoe
The play opened in Cambridge because the Royal Court , despite their earlier supportiveness, wanted to test the waters before staging another Jellicoe play in London. AJ credits John Osborne for persuading them to produce...
Textual Production Nell Dunn
The critical opinion that ND belonged to the school of Angry Young Men associated her with Alan Sillitoe , John Osborne , and John Braine .
Drabble, Margaret, and Nell Dunn. “Introduction”. Poor Cow, Virago, p. xi - xvi.
The fact that these were each, in different...
Textual Production Molly Keane
An acting edition was published by Samuel French that year.
British Library Catalogue.
Its failure was ascribed to coincidence in timing with John Osborne 's highly successful kitchen-sink play Look Back in Anger. That had in fact...
Textual Production Dodie Smith
DS found herself increasingly out of step with the new drama being produced in London since the advent of the Angry Young Men. She could tolerate John Osborne and even admired Shelagh Delaney ...
Textual Production Dodie Smith
Its three successive sequels all have titles beginning Look Back with . . .—very likely in deliberate opposition to John Osborne 's Look Back in Anger, the play she could blame for her...
Textual Production Michelene Wandor
The title alludes to John Osborne 's runaway success Look Back in Anger, which opened in May 1956, introducing the Angry Young Men movement to the theatre. So does the cover, which shows a...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Michelene Wandor
In its original form, says Greenhalgh, this book reflects MW 's roles as playwright, reviewer, and Leavisite student of English literature.
Greenhalgh, Susanne. “A Review of <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>Post-War British Drama: Looking Back in Gender</span> by Michelene Wandor”. Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 125-6.
The revised form considers the impact of feminism, socialism, and changing concepts of...


1951: The title of Leslie Allen Paul's memoirs,...

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The title of Leslie Allen Paul 's memoirs, Angry Young Man, provided the term Angry Young Men, applied in newspapers and then by critics to a group of largely working-class, socially rebellious, young...

8 May 1956: John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opened...

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8 May 1956

John Osborne 's playLook Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London; within a few weeks, on 28 May, Colin Wilson published The Outsider, a romanticizing study of the...

10 April 1957: Playwright John Osborne's The Entertainer...

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10 April 1957

Playwright John Osborne 's The Entertainer was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London, with Laurence Olivier playing the lead.


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