John Osborne: Look Back in Anger

(1941 words)
  • Andrew Wyllie (University of the West of England)

Look Back in Anger (1956) is by far the most famous of John Osborne\'s plays. It was the foundational work of the genre for which the term “kitchen-sink drama” was coined. The gritty realism of its setting represented a revolution in the British theatre, one which gave to the play when it was first produced a political and cultural significance which it is hard to comprehend nearly 50 years later. The play was perceived as giving voice to a frustrated and politically and culturally disenfranchised constituency – the lower-middle-class, first-generation graduates whose literary heroes, including Osborne, became known as the Angry Young Men

The play describes 1950s life in an East Midlands bed-sitting room among …

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Wyllie, Andrew. "Look Back in Anger". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Angry Young Men