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John Heilpern, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair (where he writes the "Out To Lunch" feature) and longtime drama critic for the New York Observer,

Heilpern, the son of a bookmaker, was born in Manchester, England, and educated at Oxford University. He began his career at The Observer of London where his interviews with numerous cultural figures (including Graham Greene, Rudolf Nureyev, Henry Moore, Artur Rubinstein, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson) received a British Press Award.

He has also worked as Peter Hall’s assistant director on Tamburlaine at the National Theatre of Great Britain in 1976, and when he went to live in New York in 1980, he subsequently worked on Broadway as a librettist for Michael Bennett (of A Chorus Line).

Heilpern is perhaps best known for his classic book, Conference of the Birds — The Story of Peter Brook in Africa. First published in 1977 by Faber & Faber in England, it tells the story of a historic journey made by Peter Brook and an international troupe of actors (including the young Helen Mirren) across the Sahara Desert through est Africa in search of a new form of theatre. The current paperback edition of Conference of the Birds, re-issued in America by Routlege, was described by The Sunday Telegraph as “one of the best books about theatre ever written”.

Among his other books, How Good Is David Mamet, Anyway? is a collection of theatre essays and reviews, and John Osborne - The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man, is the authorized biography of the iconic playwright who revolutionized British theatre. First published in the UK by Chatto & Windus in 2006 under the title A Patriot for Us, the Osborne biography received the award for Best Theatre Book of the Year. On its publication in the US by Knopf in 2007, The New Yorker described it as “compelling”, The Wall Street Journal as “masterful”, and The Philadelphia Inquirer as “a model of what a literary biography ought to be.” The Wall Street Journal named it one its Ten Best Books of the Year.

His fable, A Children’s Crusade, will be staged by Lars Rudolfsson in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010.

John Heilpern has been married twice; one of his former wives is editor and writer Joan Juliet Buck. His longtime companion is Sydney Weinberg. His daughter, Rachel, is a psychologist.
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Total Books: 13
John Osborne The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man
John Osborne A Patriot for Us
2007 - John Osborne a Patriot for Us (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780099275862
ISBN-10: 0099275864
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John Osborne The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man
How Good is David Mamet Anyway Writings on Theater--and Why It Matters
Conference of the Birds The Story of Peter Brook in Africa
Conference of the Birds the Story of Peter Brook in Africa [Methuen Paperback] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413614001
ISBN-10: 041361400X
Genre: Arts & Photography
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How Good is David Mamet Anyway Writings on Theater--and Why It Matters
Conference Of The Birds - The Story Of Peter Brook In Africa
Conference of the Birds
Conference of the Birds (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780672524899
ISBN-10: 0672524899
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference
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John Osborne A Patriot for Us
John Osborne a Patriot for Us (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780701167806
ISBN-10: 0701167807
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Conference of the Birds The Story of Peter Brook in Africa
Conference of the Birds the Story of Peter Brook in Africa [Theatre Arts Routledge Paperback] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780878301102
ISBN-10: 0878301100
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Reference
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