The Kenneth Williams Letters

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9780006380924: The Kenneth Williams Letters

Following the bestselling publication of THE KENNETH WILLIAMS DIARIES, the devastating self-portrait of one of our most loved and complex performers is completed with this marvellous selection of his letters.

This is a wonderful treasure trove of correspondence with all manner of people, including Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, Joe Orton, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, and the Stokers’ Mess of HMS Leverton. Kenneth Williams took letters very seriously, and he was always disgusted by a morning that failed to provide him with some material to pore over.

Letters called forth the performer in Williams in a way that his diaries never did: many of them are virtual comic monologues, and in general they suggest more strongly than the diaries the likeable and constructive side of a man who remains, nevertheless, as outrageous and ‘difficult’ as ever.

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‘Endlessly absorbing... all the letters can be read and reread with such pleasure... scintillating’
A. N. Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

‘His superb instinct for comedy is revealed time and again’
Jonathan Coe, Spectator

‘Fascinating... the camp fire crackles merrily’
George Melly, Sunday Times

‘A big dipper, full of acid drops and high rises, and it doesn’t matter where you start or finish - that’s the joy of it... rarely have I read a collection of letters of such broad scope in terms of their content and the diversity of their recipients’
Barry Cryer, Mail on Sunday

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