London: Faber and Faber, 1957. [Drama] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 13cm), pp.96. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to spine. With the photographic dust-jacket by Julie Hamilton, priced at 10/6. Contents clean, endpapers toned, jacket with a couple of short tears. Near fine. The play that launched a flotilla of angry young men. John Osborne was an anti-Establishment writer and leading dramatist of England's post-war youth generation. As an actor he had several movie credits, notably appearing in the cult British films 'Get Carter' (1971, opposite Michael Caine) and Flash Gordon (1980, with Brian Blessed, Timothy Dalton, Peter Wyngarde and Max Von Sydow). This, his debut play, was first performed in May 1956 at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Tony Richardson, a comparatively young, inexperienced and unknown talent who would go on to direct the 1958 Bafta and Golden Globe movie version starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom, and the Oscar-nominated movie of Osborne's follow up play 'The Entertainer' (1960), plus other films including 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' (1962) and 'Tom Jones' (1963), for which John Osborne wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay. Item #56284
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