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    Descriptione single-volume edition of Osborne's two autobiographical works, A Better Class of Person: 1929-1956 and Almost a Gentleman: 1955-1966. The book also contains a review of the former by Alan Bennett entitled Bad John, and David Hare's eulogy delivered at Osborne's memorial service in 1995.


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    Title
    Looking Back: "Better Class of Person: An Autobiography, 1929-56", "Almost a Gentleman: An Autobiography, 1955-66"
    Subtitle
    Never Explain, Never Apologise
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Osborne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 624
    Width: 125 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 45 mm
    Weight: 535 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571196494
    ISBN 10: 0571196497
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ACG
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH, BGA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    DC21: 822.914
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    Thema V1.0: DSG, DSBH, DNBA
    Illustrations note
    32pp b&w photographs
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    12 June 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Osborne was born in London in 1929. Before becoming a playwright he worked as a journalist, assistant stage manager and repertory theatre actor. Seeing an advertisement for new plays in The Stage in 1956, Osborne submitted Look Back in Anger. Not only was the play produced, but it was to become considered as the turning point in post-war British theatre. Osborne's protagonist, Jimmy Porter, captured the rebelliousness of an entire post-war generation of 'angry young men'. His other plays include The Entertainer (1957), Luther (1961), Inadmissible Evidence (1964), and A Patriot for Me (1966). He also wrote two volumes of autobiography, A Better Class of Person (1981) and Almost a Gentleman (1991) published together as Looking Back: Never Explain, Never Apologise. His last play, Deja Vu (1991), returns to the characters of Look Back in Anger, over thirty years later. Both Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer were adapted for film, and in 1963 Osborne won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Tom Jones. John Osborne died on 24 December 1994.
    Review text
    Besides being one of the best playwrights of his generation, whose work provoked both high acclaim and loud derision, Osborne, who died in 1994, was also a brilliant autobiographer. His talent for dramatization was given plenty of scope in his own life, which featured five marriages and numerous affairs besides his theatrical activity. His two autobiographies, A Better Class of Person: 1929-1956 and Almost A Gentleman: 1955-1966, are collected here in one volume. Funny, bitter, acerbic, melancholy and painfully honest, the life of this most passionate of Englishmen is brilliantly entertaining. (Kirkus UK)