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The Life of Kenneth Tynan

Tynan, Kathleen

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ISBN 10: 0688050808 / ISBN 13: 9780688050801
Published by William Morrow & Co, 1987
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Hardcover with dust jacket. Stated First Edition. 1st printing (complete number line).Signed by the author, Kathleen Tynan; no other markings. Dust jacket has some edge wear. Ships in a box. Fast shipping from NYC!. Bookseller Inventory # 0709201611

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Title: The Life of Kenneth Tynan

Publisher: William Morrow & Co

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The author traces her husband's life from his precocious childhood to his role as an outrageous challenger of the establishment and discusses his theatrical and literary careers and his circle of celebrated friends

From Publishers Weekly:

Irrefutably, critic, essayist and biographer Kenneth Tynan (1927-1980) was extraordinary"sui generis" as the author, his second wife, asserts in this perceptive and richly entertaining biography, a clever mix of objective and subjective elements. Precocious at school, a legend at Oxford (both for his brillance and his Oscar Wildean flamboyance), Tynan went on to become the champion of John Osborne and the other "angry young men" A persistent gadfly of the establishment who delighted to shock (he was the deviser of Oh! Calcutta), he was the co-architect, with Olivier, of England's National Theatre; and, according to many, the finest drama critic since Bernard Shaw. The author, on her part, is uniquely qualified to reveal the man behind the career credits: his insecurity and self-destructiveness, his compulsive Don Juanism, the waspishness that sometimes went with the wit and negated the charm. And she also provides unforgettable vignettes, in some cases very funny, of Tynan in the company of Olivier, Orson Welles, Tennessee Williams, Hemingway, Truman Capote and Marlene Dietrich. Photos.
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