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The Orton Diaries

John Lahr

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ISBN 10: 0060157437 / ISBN 13: 9780060157432
Published by Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, 1986
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New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986. Stated first U.S. edition, full number line beginning with a "2." No original price on jacket flap. Book condition: Fine. DJ condition: Fine. In Brodart archival cover. Bookseller Inventory # 001161

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Title: The Orton Diaries

Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Orton, Joe; John Lahr, Ed., Orton Diaries, The

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Joe Orton was born on a housing estate in Leicester in 1933. He joined RADA in 1951, where he met his mentor and lover Kenneth Halliwell. Living on the dole (and briefly in prison, for defacing library books) the two collaborated on novels, though Orton's solo writing brought him more fame. During his short life he rose to fame as one of England's most provocative young dramatists and epitomised London in the swinging 1960s. His openly gay lifestyle has turned him into an iconic figure. He was murdered by Halliwell in 1967.John Lahr is the author of the biography of Joe Orton, Prick Up Your Ears. He also wrote the biography of his father the comedian Bert Lahr, Notes on a Cowardly Lion, as well as the critical study, Coward the Playwright. His novels are The Autograph Hound and Hot to Trot. He has published three collections of essays, Acting Out in America, Astonish Me and Automatic Vaudeville, of which the London Review of Books said he was 'the Leavis of the performing arts'.

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