John Osborne: Look Back in Anger. (1941 words)

  • Andrew Wyllie (University of the West of England)

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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 …

Wyllie, Andrew. "Look Back in Anger. ". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
[, accessed 21 October 2016.]

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  1. Angry Young Men