Fron December 1966 to his murder in August 1967, Joe Orton kept a series of diaries that prove to be one of the most candid and unfettered accounts of that remarkable era.
Author: Joe Orton
Publisher: Methuen Publishing
Category: Dramatists, English
Fron December 1966 to his murder in August 1967, Joe Orton kept a series of diaries that prove to be one of the most candid and unfettered accounts of that remarkable era. They chronicle his life from his literary success to his sexual escapades.
Screenplay to John Lahr's successful dramatization of The Orton Diaries that chronicles the last eight months of Joe Orton's life, his growing theatrical celebrity, and the corresponding punishing effect it had on his relationship with his ...
Author: John Lahr
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Screenplay to John Lahr's successful dramatization of The Orton Diaries that chronicles the last eight months of Joe Orton's life, his growing theatrical celebrity, and the corresponding punishing effect it had on his relationship with his friend and mentor Kenneth Halliwell, who murdered him on August 9, 1967, and then took his own life.
For Orton ' s dismissals of all these figures , see Diaries , 109 – 10 , 134 , 245 ,
127 , 48 , 59 . It must be admitted that in the Diaries Orton ' s opinions of his
colleagues are generally negative . Sloane was able to extend its initial limited
run only ...
Author: Francesca Coppa
Publisher: Psychology Press
Category: Literary Criticism
A profile of the British playwright accompanies an analysis of his major plays and their themes.
On Rattigan as establishment homosexual-the kind of playwright Orton was trying
not to be-see Alan Sinfield, Literature, Politics and Culture in Post-War Britain (
Berkeley: University of California, 1989), pp. 60-85. The Orton Diaries, pp.
Author: David Van Leer
Since at least the end of the nineteenth century, gay culture - its humour, its icons, its desires - has been alive and sometimes even visible in the midst of straight American society. David Van Leer puts forward here a series of readings that aim to identify what he calls the "queening" of America, a process by which "rhetorics and situations specific to homosexual culture are presented to a general readership as if culturally neutral." The Queening of America examines how the invisibility of gay male writing, especially in the popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s, facilitated the crossing of gay motifs in straight culture. Van Leer then critiques some current models of making homosexuality visible (the packaging of Joe Orton, the theories of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, the rise of gay studies), before concluding more optimistically with the possible alliances between gay culture and other minority discourses.
20 The Lord Chamberlain was still active when Orton was writing What the Butler
Saw , and there is much speculation in his diaries about whether the play would
pass the censor unscathed . The brandishing of Winston Churchill's penis was ...
Author: Peter Buse
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Peter Buse illuminates the relationship between modern British drama and contemporary critical and cultural theory. He demonstrates how theory allows fresh insights into familiar drama, pairing well-known plays with classic theory texts. The theoretical text is more than applied to the dramatic text, instead Buse shows how they reflect on each other. Drama + Theory provides not only provides new interpretations of popular plays, but of the theoretical texts as well.
95 THE THEATER ESSAYS OF ARTHUR MILLER Orton by I Diaries John LaHR
John RN MORG VIVERE PANTER the famous Russian novel , this play told the
Nixon , on videotape during their debate ) , minced story of murder and its ...
A long account of this Hyde Park visit appears in the published Orton diaries , but
there is no mention of an exchange about diaries . A possible explanation is that
this second paragraph of KW ' s ( certainly written later than the first , in a much ...
Author: Kenneth Williams
For more than 40 years broadcaster and comedian Kenneth Williams kept a journal of his experiences - this book is a one-volume selection of these diaries. In addition to offering conclusive evidence as to the nature of Williams' death in 1988, the diaries reveal different sides of his character.
Focusing on the diaries of Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Joe Orton, John Cheever, and Sylvia Plath, this book looks at how six very different professional writers have approached the diary form with its particular ...
Author: Anna Jackson
Category: Literary Criticism
The diary is a genre that is often thought of as virtually formless, a "capacious hold-all" for the writer’s thoughts, and as offering unmediated access to the diarist’s true self. Focusing on the diaries of Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Joe Orton, John Cheever, and Sylvia Plath, this book looks at how six very different professional writers have approached the diary form with its particular demands and literary potential. As a sequence of separate entries the diary is made up of both gaps and continuities, and the different ways diarists negotiate these aspects of the diary form has radical effects on how their diaries represent both the world and the biographical self. The different published editions of the diaries by Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath show how editorial decisions can construct sometimes startlingly different biographical portraits. Yet all diaries are constructed, and all diary constructions depend on how the writer works with the diary form.
A Checklist of Unpublished Diaries by Londoners and Visitors with a Select
Bibliography of Published Diaries Heather Creaton. 225 . ... A very private eye :
the diaries , letters and notebooks of Barbara Pym , ed . ... The Orton diaries , ed .
ORTON REVEALED Remarkably , Joe Orton's unexpurgated diaries have been
adapted for the stage . JONATHAN MYERSON , director of Diary of a Somebody
explains how . - Shocked eyes would subsequently search me out in the.
DIARY OF A SOMEBODY DIARY OF A SOMEBODY The diaries of JOE ORTON ,
dranatised by JOHN LAHR Joe Orton . ... Starting in 1951 , when he met and
moved in with Kenneth Halliwell , it concentrates on the period of Orton ' s literary
The protagonist of the resulting Orton Diaries ( published in 1986 ) is “ Joe Orton ,
” successful playwright and urbane wit , a man who could detail his theatrical and
sexual exploits with equal aplomb . The Orton Diaries exudes good humor and ...
Author: Gale Cengage
Publisher: Dictionary of Literary Biograp
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Embraces the work of writers working in theatrical traditions ranging from the classic well-made play to the most radical avant-garde pieces. This variety is indicative of the fact that this period is one of the most important in British drama, comparable to the late-Elizabethan/Jacobean and post-Restoration eras in terms of the quantity and quality of new work and surpassing both of them in the sheer variety of theatrical offerings.
As Orton said of a friend ' s startled surprise at this episode , ' He suddenly caught
a glimpse of the fact that I write the truth . ' But of course diaries are a kind of
fabrication , too , and in The Orton Diaries sixties London becomes yet another ...
Author: Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: Random House Uk Limited
Category: Literary Collections
Journalism, reviews, essays, short stories, lectures from the chief book reviewer for the Times.
Anyone who has bought or borrowed a copy of the Orton Diaries is likely to know
who Orton was , and anyone who knows who Orton was must know who Gielgud
is , and Olivier , and Fred Astaire , who Trollope was , and Sheridan , and Euri ...
The Orton Diaries It is in his Diaries that Orton ' s serious tricksterism reveals the
essential man and writer . They deserve a place among the notable diaries of the
past for their insights into both the style and subject matter of Orton ' s plays .
Author: Susan Rusinko
Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA
Category: Literary Criticism
In this penetrating analysis of Orton's writing, Susan Rusinko uses as a point of departure the image of Orton as clown and trickster, following in the tradition of the Lord of Misrule. She intersperses her analysis of Orton's three landmark plays with commentary on his four short plays for radio and television (two later revised for the stage), his posthumously published novel, his published but unproduced film script for the Beatles, his sketch for Kenneth Tynan's Oh, Calcutta!, and his renowned Diaries, published posthumously in 1986, wherein much of the nature of his outsider's take on society is revealed. Rusinko argues that Orton, Pinter, and Stoppard belong to the tradition of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as reinvigorators of stage language not in evidence since the Renaissance. She places Orton in the rebellious tradition of such writers as Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, William Wycherley, and William Congreve, noting that, like that of the emigres Joyce and Beckett, Orton's rebellion took shape only when, at the age of 17, he left his middle-class hometown of Leicester for good.
THE ORTON DIARIES edited by John Lahr . Macmillan . £12 . 50 . John Lahr ' s
publication of Joe Orton ' s diaries usefully makes available much of the material
on which he drew for his 1978 biography of the playwright , Prick Up Your Ears .
... John Lahr's 1978 book of his older classmate - a balding queen , a his art : "
Orton , like so many literary the same name or the recently published campy
aesthete of the Ronald Firbank figures with unhappy silent partners , The Orton Diaries ...