Look Back in Anger

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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. ...
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Overview

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."

A young British couple is trapped between working-class origins and a desire for the good life.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140481754
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1982
  • Series: Plays, Penguin Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 426,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Time: The present
Act I
Early Evening. April
Act II
Scene 1 Two weeks later
Scene 2 The following evening
Act III
Scene 1 Several months later
Scene 2 A few minutes later
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    Just Amazing

    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.

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