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Almost a Gentleman: An Autobiography, 1955-66 [Hardcover]

John Osborne
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4 Nov 1991
Following on from Osborne's first autobiographical book, "A Better Class of Person", this book looks at the period 1955 to 1966. It covers the foundation of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre to the death of his artistic director and Osborne's mentor, George Devine. At the Royal Court he experienced years of high theatrical achievement and low backstage comedy. For the playwright it was a decade of baffling and often ludicrous notoriety and of emotional and matrimonial upheaval. During this period Osborne wrote "The Entertainer", "Luther", "A Portrait for Me" and "Inadmissible Evidence", was propositioned by Marlene Dietrich, spent the night in a Mexican brothel, consoled Vivien Leigh, grappled with the Lord Chamberlain in St James's Palace and won an Oscar.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (4 Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571162614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571162611
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wit and Wisdom of an Angry Older Man. 7 Nov 2003
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John Osborne's second volume of autobiography is a vivid and biting portrayal of one of the most important playwrights of the Twentieth Century.
Starting with the huge reaction to his groundbreaking masterpiece "Look Back In Anger," the book goes on to cover his relationships with his next three wives, mother and audience, all are told with his usual savage wit and style.
The reader is left with the impression that this talented, articulate man's anger was not only the driving force of his work but also his decline.
A truly excellent insight. As good as anything he ever wrote, including "Look Back In Anger."
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