Stuart Holroyd came to prominence in the late 1950s as a member of the Angry Young Men in whose formation he played a key role. His play The Tenth Chance was performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1958 and caused quite a storm at the time. Contraries, his memoir of life as an Angry Young Man, appeared in 1975 and is widely cited in works on that movement.
Holroyd was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, on 10 August 1933, to working-class parents. His father was called up at the start of the Second World War; Holroyd was sent to stay with relatives in Blackpool, Lancashire, as his mother thought it would be safer there. She joined him six months later. Aged eleven, he won a scholarship to Blackpool’s Arnold School, then a…
Diller, Antoni. "Stuart Holroyd". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 April 2014
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