Search - List of Books by John Osborne

"They spend their time looking forward to the past." -- John Osborne
John James Osborne (12 December 1929 – 24 December 1994) was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of the Establishment. The success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of his language, not only on behalf of the political causes he supported but also against his own family, including his wives and children.

Osborne was one of the first writers to address Britain's purpose in the post-imperial age. He was the first to question the point of the monarchy on a prominent public stage. During his peak (1956—1966), he helped make contempt an acceptable and now even cliched onstage emotion, argued for the cleansing wisdom of bad behaviour and bad taste, and combined unsparing truthfulness with devastating wit.

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Total Books: 143
Don't Need the Sunshine
2013 - Don't Need the Sunshine (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780749573973
ISBN-10: 074957397X
Genres: Reference, Travel
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Willow Brown American Fairy
2012 - Willow Brown American Fairy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781470143107
ISBN-10: 1470143100
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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An Ordinary Fairy
2010 - An Ordinary Fairy (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781451587890
ISBN-10: 1451587899
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Before Anger Two Early Plays by John Osborne
2010 - Before Anger Two Early Plays By John Osborne (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781840029031
ISBN-10: 184002903X
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What If Men Burst in Wearing Balaclavas
2010 - What If Men Burst in Wearing Balaclavas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780956376718
ISBN-10: 0956376711
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Larkin Ideology and Critical Violence A Case of Wrongful Conviction
2007 - Larkin Ideology and Critical VIolence a Case of Wrongful Conviction (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781403937063
ISBN-10: 1403937060
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The Meiningen Court Theatre 1866-1890
2007 - The Meiningen Court Theatre 1866-1890 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521030823
ISBN-10: 052103082X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Epitaph for George Dillon
2005 - Epitaph for George Dillon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780571230884
ISBN-10: 0571230881
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Plays Two A Bond Honoured/The Labyrinth of Desire
2003 - Plays Two a Bond Honoured/the Labyrinth of Desire (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781840021806
ISBN-10: 1840021802
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Play the Hotel in Amsterdam
2003 - Play the Hotel in Amsterdam (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780571221905
ISBN-10: 0571221904
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Ibsen Three Plays
2001 - Ibsen Three Plays (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781840021783
ISBN-10: 1840021780
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction
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Science Web Reader Physics
2001 - Science Web Reader Physics [Science web] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780174387398
ISBN-10: 0174387393
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult, Nonfiction
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Osborne Four Plays
2000 - Osborne Four Plays [Modern Playwrights] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781840020748
ISBN-10: 1840020741
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Damn You England Collected Prose
1999 - Damn You England Collected Prose (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780571200573
ISBN-10: 0571200575
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Gerhard Hauptmann and the Naturalist Drama
1999 - Gerhard Hauptmann and the Naturalist Drama [German Theatre Archive] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789057550065
ISBN-10: 9057550067
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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Looking Back Never Explain Never Apologise
1999 - Looking Back Never Explain Never Apologise (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780571196494
ISBN-10: 0571196497
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The Entertainer
1998 - The Entertainer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780573112065
ISBN-10: 0573112061
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Early Christian and Medieval Antiquities  Other Mosaics Paintings Sarcophagi and Small Objects
1998 - Early Christian and Medieval Antiquities Other Mosaics Paintings Sarcophagi and Small Objects [Vol. 2 - The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Series A: Antiquities and Architecture] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781872501673
ISBN-10: 1872501672
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Plays for England
1998 - Plays for England [Oberon Books - v. 1] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781840020373
ISBN-10: 1840020377
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Back on Track
1998 - Back on Track (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780816316458
ISBN-10: 0816316457
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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John Osborne Plays Two  The Entertainer the Hotel in Amsterdam West of Suez and Time Present
1996 - Look Back in Anger [Faber Library] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1995 - Look Back in Anger and Other Plays [Collected Plays, Vol 1] (Paperback)
1981 - A Collection of Poems [POEMS OF A FARMER] (Paperback)
1978 - You're Not Watching Me Mummy [Faber paperbacks] (Paperback)
1973 - Gift of Friendship [Faber paper covered editions] (Paperback)
Hotel in Amsterdam [Evans drama library] (Paperback)
Subject of Scandal and Concern [Faber paper covered editions] (Paperback)
Britain [Life World Library] (Hardcover)
Luke [Bible Study Commentaries Ser] (Paperback)Paperback
Romantik [Handbuch der deutschen Literaturgeschichte. Abt. 2: Bibliographien - German Edition] (Hardcover)