This, the first play in the modern 'realism' genre, was written in 1956, and is now considered a classic example of work by the 'angry young men' of the post-war period.
John Osborne (1929-1994) was an English playwright, screenwriter and actor, known for his excoriating prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms. The success of 'Look Back in Anger' transformed English theatre. He was one of the first writers to address Britain's purpose in the post-imperial age, and 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.
This paperback playscript (1957) is almost unmarked, and bears an interesting stamped warning from the publishers that it is not yet available for 'amateur' production - dated 24th October 1958. On the page with the original cast list, the name 'David Evans' is carefully written, and one speculates whether this was a member of the publishers' family. The script apparently belonged to A W Owens, whose name is inscribed in ink on both sides of the front cover. The book is in generally good condition, the stitched binding firm, and only some browning and slight wear to the outer covers. There is a small loss to the long side of the title page. All pages are clean and bright.