John Osborne

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  • Andrew Wyllie (University of the West of England)

John Osborne wrote 25 stage plays and collaborations, five screenplays, 11 works for television, two volumes of autobiography and sundry short pieces of social comment and criticism. He established a critical reputation for having single-handedly changed the course of post-war British drama. This reputation rests almost entirely on the reception accorded to Look Back in Anger (1956). His other most significant plays are The Entertainer (1957), Inadmissible Evidence (1964) and A Patriot for Me (1965), with Luther (1961) and The Hotel in Amsterdam (1968) also critically regarded as important works. The two published volumes of his autobiography – A Better Class of Person: An Autobiography …

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Wyllie, Andrew. "John Osborne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Osborne's works

  1. A Patriot for Me
  2. Look Back in Anger
  3. The Entertainer

Related Groups

  1. Angry Young Men