Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

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by John Osborne
     
 

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Jimmy Porter plays trumpet badly. He browbeats his flatmate, terrorizes his wife, and is not above sleeping with her best friend-who loathes Jimmy almost as much as he loathes himself. Yet this working-class Hamlet, the original Angry Young Man, is one of the most mesmerizing characters ever to burst onto a stage, a malevolently vital, volcanically articulate internal

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Jimmy Porter plays trumpet badly. He browbeats his flatmate, terrorizes his wife, and is not above sleeping with her best friend-who loathes Jimmy almost as much as he loathes himself. Yet this working-class Hamlet, the original Angry Young Man, is one of the most mesmerizing characters ever to burst onto a stage, a malevolently vital, volcanically articulate internal exile in the dreary, dreaming Siberia of postwar England. First produced in 1956, Look Back in Anger launched a revolution in the English theater. Savagely, sadly, and always impolitely, it compels readers and audiences to acknowledge the hidden currents of rottenness and rage in what used to be called "the good life."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140481754
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1982
Series:
Plays, Penguin Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
762,103
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Anthony Burgess
The British theater. . . had been concerned only with light entertainment suitable for a drowsy middle-class audience, but the feeble complacency of the bourgeois drame was shattered by the irruption, in 1956, of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, which brought the articulate rage of the provincial working class dispossessed, newly educated by the socialists, to the appalled notice of the London bourgeoisie.
(Anthony Burgess, from One Man's Chorus)

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Look Back in Anger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Think about all the great plays of the last few decades with too many dirty secrets and too much booze- 'That Championship Season,' 'The Boys in the Band,' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Add this to your list; it's the groundbreaking work that preceded all of them. The characters are incredibly real. The thing that really makes this a great work of art is that it remains totally compelling even though the characters, especially Jimmy, are so unsympathetic. If I got the opportunity to play Jimmy Porter, I would never need to act again.