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Orton Diaries
By Joe Orton

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Orton Diaries by Joe Orton

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"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 Details

ISBN: 9780306807336
ISBN-10: 0306807335
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 146mm x 18mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Orton Diaries by Joe Orton 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 by Joe Orton Methuen Drama Book of Plays from the Sixties, Paperback (January 2008)

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.

Loot by Joe Orton Loot, Paperback (July 2006)

A student edition of Joe Orton's black farce, with full introduction, commentary and questions for study.

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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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