The Press: Mythmaker at Work

The year after he came down to London from Oxford's Magdalen College, Kenneth Tynan wrote: "I work on the assumption that I'll be dead at 30. That gives me eight years to do all the things I want to do." Tynan was determined "to become Britain's first postwar myth."

The road to mythology in Tynan's case was paved, perhaps improbably, with theater reviews. But he succeeded magnificently. Now 27, and with a full three years of life left, he has already written three books (on the theater and its personalities), moved from Lord Beaverbrook's...

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