The Theater: The Most Angry Fella

After a miserable childhood, an unsatisfying stint as a subeditor on a British trade paper (Gas World) and a so-so fling as a repertory actor-manager, John Osborne looked back on his 26 misspent years in anger. When he brooded about his estrangement from his mother and his wife (divorced by him for misconduct last week), he got even angrier. The manners and morals of Britain's middle class drove him to total fury. There was little left for him to do but take his violence to the public. So John Osborne sat down and wrote...

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