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The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953-1994 by [Potter, Dennis]
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'If he'd worked in the theatre he'd have been the Shaw of our day. He would have been that substantial. It remains a scandal that because you worked in television, you are somehow downgraded. You don't belong in that high category of high art. Well, Dennis does if anybody does.' --Trevor Griffiths

'As the British Film Institute celebrates the life and work of the writer who redefined TV drama , Oberon Books, with perfect timing, offers this collection of Potter's critical abuse in journalism and interviews at its most constructively eloquent. The Art of Invective essentially complements Humphrey Carpenter's magisterial biography and all those DVDs of the plays that can still galvanise what Potter called the palace of varieties in the corner of the room . He believed that television, with its vast, all-inclusive audience, was a potentially powerful means of promulgating true democracy... stingingly vitriolic invective... merciless pungency.' --The Spectator

Every page of this book is constellated with sentences and phrases of, variously, humour, cleverness, warmth, indignation and savagery. It is one of the very finest collections of occasional (but far from ephemeral) writing I have read: what counts is not the medium, not the genre, but the mind. The scholarship of the editors is impeccable. --Jonathan Meades, Literary Review

About the Author

Dennis Potter (17 May 1935 7 June 1994) was an English television dramatist, screenwriter and journalist. Beginning with contributions to BBC television's The Wednesday Play anthology series from 1965, he peaked with The Singing Detective (1986), a BBC TV serial for which he is best remembered. This work and many of his other widely acclaimed television dramas mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social and often used themes and images from popular culture. Potter was an influence on such creators as Steven Bochco, Alan Ball, Andrew Davies, Charlie Kaufman, Peter Bowker, Margaret Edson and Alain Resnais. His work has been the subject of many critical essays, books, websites and documentaries. BBC Four marked the tenth anniversary of Potter's death in December 2004 with a major series of documentaries about his life and work, accompanied by showings of Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective, as well as several of his plays. His influence has also extended into popular music, and he has been cited by bands such as Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Elbow.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1321 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books (12 May 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WE71GLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There have been countless studies of the television, film and theatre work of Dennis Potter, but his journalism was largely sidelined, until this wonderful collection came along. Choosing from a wide variety of sources across the whole of Potter's career from student days to his last words, the editors have assembled a fascinating array of critical, autobiographical and polemical articles, illuminating the well-known personality of one of Britain's most famous playwrights from new, and often surprising, angles. The introductory essays and footnotes are tightly written and exhaustively researched, while the quality of the pieces themselves will have you gasping at what used to be regarded as throwaway journalism. Essential for Potter devotees, a must for fans of the written word in general.
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A brilliant collection of Potter's journalism. His insights and turns of phrase here are as sharp and unexpected as they are in his TV work as he targets stupidity, complacency and greed in the media and beyond. Made me miss him terribly.
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What an astonishing man. An original thinker, film maker, critic. His writing about all sorts of things rings as true today as when first set down. Try it and see.
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