The Orton Diaries
By (author) Joe Orton
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Orton Diaries by Joe Orton
Book Description"To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich and happy is surely going against nature." When Joe Orton (1933--1967) wrote those words in his diary in May 1967, he was being hailed as the greatest comic playwright since Oscar Wilde for his darkly hilarious Entertaining Mr. Sloane and the farce hit Loot, and was completing What the Butler Saw; but less than three months later, his longtime companion, Kenneth Halliwell, smashed in Orton's skull with a hammer before killing himself. The Orton Diaries, written during his last eight months, chronicle in a remarkably candid style his outrageously unfettered life: his literary success, capped by an Evening Standard Award and overtures from the Beatles; his sexual escapades--at his mother's funeral, with a dwarf in Brighton, and, extensively, in Tangiers; and the breakdown of his sixteen-year "marriage" to Halliwell, the relationship that transformed and destroyed him. Edited with a superb introduction by John Lahr, The Orton Diaries is his crowning achievement.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306807336
(222mm x 146mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joe Orton
Fred & Madge, Paperback (September 2014)
Joe Orton's brilliantly inventive and staggeringly bold first play.
'Entertaining Mr Sloane', Paperback (May 2014)
An anniversary edition of Entertaining Mr Sloane, with a new critical introduction, which offers an opportunity to reappraise both Orton's reputation as a playwright and the status of his play, plus a selection of previously unpublished photographs from the Orton archive.
Orton Diaries, Paperback (June 2013)
Unexpurgated insight into the life of one of British theatre's most controversial figures of the 1960's
Methuen Drama Book of Plays from the Sixties, Paperback (January 2008)» View all books by Joe Orton
This collection contains major works by some of the most important playwrights to emerge during the late fifties and early sixties, many of them collectively labelled "Angry Young Men", most of them associated with the Royal Court Theatre.
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Author Biography - Joe Orton
The plays of Joe Orton (1933--1967)--Loot, What the Butler Saw, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, and others--rank with Oscar Wilde's as some of the most outrageous and hilarious of our time. He was brutally murdered by his male lover at the peak of his career.
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