Osborne: Four Plays: "End of Me Old Cigar", "Sense of Detachment", "Place Called Itself Rome", "Jill and Jack"Paperback Absolute Classics
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- Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 216 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 210mm x 19mm | 272g
- Publication date: 1 November 2000
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1840020741
- ISBN 13: 9781840020748
- Sales rank: 973,443
Includes the plays A Sense of Detachment, The End of Me Old Cigar, Jill and Jack and A Place Calling Itself Rome Osborne here delivers his trademark eloquence, rage and devastating wit. A Sense of Detachment satirises our heartless, profiteering society, while defending timeless human values. The End of Me Old Cigar examines the decadent lives of a collection of leading media figures. The television play Jill and Jack is a comic gem that satirises the conventions of its own genre while also being a close study of sexual warfare. A Place Calling Itself Rome is a powerful reworking of Shakespeare's Coriolanus.
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John Osborne was born in London in 1929. He worked as a journalist for a number of trade magazines before becoming an Assistant Stage Manager and actor with several repertory companies. Look Back in Anger (1956) has come to stand as a key text for modern British Drama, and prompted other successes with The Entertainer and Epitaph for George Dillon. He was the first of many writers to be 'discovered' by the Royal Court Theatre, and Look Back in Anger was the first of the Royal Court's plays to be internationally recognised. Osborne adapted Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer for film. He also wrote an Oscar winning screenplay adaptation of Henry Fielding's novel Tom Jones.