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ALMOST A GENTLEMAN, An Autobiography. Volume II, 1955-1966.

Osborne, John.

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ISBN 10: 0571162614 / ISBN 13: 9780571162611
Published by London: Faber & Faber, 1991., 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine in a like dust jacket. The British playwright was best known for his 1956 play, Look Back in Anger. Inscribed by Osborne for a "dear friend, with love", at the time of publication, Christmas, 1991. This is the second volume, only, of his autobiography, but it was issued separately ten years after the first volume, A Better Class of Person. There are a number of signed copies of A Better Class of Person listed for sale, but signed copies of this second volume are much less common, possibly because his health problems may have limited his public appearances. Both volumes were republished together, after his death, in 1999, as "Looking Back - Never Explain, Never Apologise". Bookseller Inventory # COB060004

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Title: ALMOST A GENTLEMAN, An Autobiography. Volume...

Publisher: London: Faber & Faber, 1991.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Following on from Osborne's first autobiographical book, "A Better Class of Person", this book looks at the period 1955 to 1966. It covers the foundation of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre to the death of his artistic director and Osborne's mentor, George Devine. At the Royal Court he experienced years of high theatrical achievement and low backstage comedy. For the playwright it was a decade of baffling and often ludicrous notoriety and of emotional and matrimonial upheaval. During this period Osborne wrote "The Entertainer", "Luther", "A Portrait for Me" and "Inadmissible Evidence", was propositioned by Marlene Dietrich, spent the night in a Mexican brothel, consoled Vivien Leigh, grappled with the Lord Chamberlain in St James's Palace and won an Oscar.

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