The funny, revealing, and lucidly intelligent writing of one of England's best-known literary figures, Writing Home includes Bennett's journalism, book and theater reviews, his diaries from the 1980s, an account of Miss Shepherd--a London eccentric who lived in a van in Bennett's garden for more than 20 years--and much more. 32 pages of photos.
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Alan Bennett is the author of the number-one British bestseller Writing Home. He is a renowned playwright and essayist, whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award.From Booklist:
A kind of jack-of-all-trades (or perhaps Renaissance Man is more apropos), Alan Bennett has pursued careers in screenwriting (The Madness of King George), journalism, literary criticism, and playwriting (An Englishman Abroad). This collection of writings ties together all the various threads of Bennett's pursuits, carefully weaving them into a stunning whole. Readers will know just a few pages into this collection that they are reading the words of an intelligent and multifaceted person. Through finely wrought stories of eccentric neighbors, insightful political and social commentary, and a decade of keeping a diary, Bennett simultaneously discovers, critiques, and entertains. In virtually every section, but particularly in the stories and diaries sections, Bennett displays wry humor and profound sensitivity as he confronts the human condition with surprising accuracy. "The Lady in the Van" is one of the best examples of this. The addition of a section of prefaces to his plays is precious for its wonderful revelations regarding the inspiration and impetus behind various plays. This book is more than a chronicle of a career. It is a literary gem that is certain to retain its value in years to come. Janet St. John
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Descrizione libro FABER & FABER, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110571232167