The Orton Diaries - Joe Orton; John Lahr (1996)
ISBN 0306807335
Genre Biography, Autobiography and Memoirs
Subject Dramatists, English - Diaries
Publisher Da Capo Press
Publication Date 8/21/1996
Format Paperback (226 x 151 mm)
Language eng
”To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich and happy is surely going against nature.” When Joe Orton (1933–1967) wrote those words in his diary in May 1967, he was being hailed as the greatest comic playwright since Oscar Wilde for his darkly hilarious Entertaining Mr. Sloane and the farce hit Loot, and was completing What the Butler Saw; but less than three months later, his longtime companion, Kenneth Halliwell, smashed in Orton’s skull with a hammer before killing himself. The Orton Diaries, written during his last eight months, chronicle in a remarkably candid style his outrageously unfettered life: his literary success, capped by an Evening Standard Award and overtures from the Beatles; his sexual escapades—at his mother's funeral, with a dwarf in Brighton, and, extensively, in Tangiers; and the breakdown of his sixteen-year "marriage" to Halliwell, the relationship that transformed and destroyed him. Edited with a superb introduction by John Lahr, The Orton Diaries is his crowning achievement.
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LoC Classification PR6065.R7Z467 1996
Dewey 828/.91403
Edition 1st Da Capo Press ed.
Cover Price $18.00
No. of Pages 310
Includes index.