A volume which contains all the 12 monologues from both the television series of "Talking Heads", of 1987 and 1998, respectively, together with "A Woman of No Importance". The pieces are characterized by Alan Bennett's understatement, observation and knowing irony.
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Alan Bennett was educated at Leeds Modern School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he read history. While doing postgraduate research he began to perform in cabaret, appearing first on the stage with the Oxford Theatre Group revue Better Late at Edinburgh in 1959. The following year he collaborated with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore to put together the revue Beyond the Fringe which opened in Edinburgh and subsequently in the West End and on Broadway. Bennett’s first stage play, Forty Years On, played for more than a year in the West End. Subsequent plays included Getting On, Habeas Corpus, and The Old Country, as well as the television play An Englishman Abroad. Alan Bennett’s other best known works include his adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for the National Theatre, The Madness of George III (and also for the National and subsequently an Oscar-winning film), and two series of the monologs Talking Heads. His collection of diary entries, essays and reviews, Writing Home, was Book of the Year in 1994. Alan Bennett has made many recordings for the BBC, including The Lady in the Van, which he adapted for the stage and the cinema. His play The History Boys received six Tony Awards, and was adapted for the cinema that same year. Among Alan Bennett’s more recent work are the stage plays The Habit of Art, People, and Cocktail Sticks, and the novella Smut.Review:
“Bennett's genius is his ability to satirize humanely. [His] prose is like stained glass: if you stare at it, you see things you missed.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“In the hands of Alan Bennett, the tragic and painful are close bedfellow with the funny and the sexual....We laugh at the situations presented and then feel a twinge of guilt.” ―Los Angeles Times
“Few write sharper dialogue or probe more tellingly into the frailties and occasional strengths of the human psyche than Alan Bennett. No one knows more about getting each scene just right or as consistently.” ―William Trevor
“Bennett's genius is for the imploding situation in which a cleverly made house of cards shudders and comes down; the comments of his characters as they nimbly pick their way around the wreckage verge on aphorism.” ―The New Yorker
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Descripción BBC Books, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110563384611
Descripción BBC Books, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0563384611
Descripción BBC Books, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0563384611