Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton

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John Lahr - New Yorker critic, novelist, and biographer of his father Bert Lahr ("Notes on a Cowardly Lion") - reconstructs both the life and death of Joe Orton in another extraordinary biography that was chosen Book of the Year by Truman Capote and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Patrick White when it first appeared in 1978. 'I have high hopes of dying in my prime,' Joe Orton confided to his diary in July, 1967. Less than one month later, Britain's most promising comic playwright was murdered by his lover in the London flat they had shared for fifteen years. Lahr chronicles Orton's working-class childhood and stagestruck adolescence, the scandals and disasters of his early professional years, and the brief, glittering success of his blistering comedies, "Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot", and "What the Butler Saw". "Prick Up Your Ears" is a watershed biography; it paved the way for Orton's revival and ensured his rightful place in the English repertoire.

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John Lahr, New Yorker critic, novelist, and biographer reconstructs both the life and death of Joe Orton, an extraordinary and anarchic playwright, whose plays scandalised and delighted the public, and whose indecisive loyalty to a friend caused his tragic and untimely death. 'I have high hopes of dying in my prime,' Joe Orton confided to his diary in July, 1967. Less than one month later, Britain's most promising comic playwright was murdered by his lover in the London flat they had shared for fifteen years. In PRICK UP YOUR EARS, originally chosen Book of the Year by Truman Capote and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Patrick White when it first appeared in 1978, Lahr chronicles Orton's working-class childhood and stage struck adolescence, the scandals and disasters of his early professional years, and the brief, glittering success of his blistering comedies, ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE, LOOT, and WHAT THE BUTLER SAW.

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'Amazingly explicit and compulsively readable' -- Guardian

'An important and illuminating book ... Lahr writes beautifully' -- David Mamet, Chicago Tribune

'As good as literary biography gets' -- New York Times Book Review

'Lahr matches insight, biography and judgement in exact proportions' -- Observer

'Sensationally exciting' -- Newsweek

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