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The Orton Diaries

The Orton Diaries

Joe Orton

ISBN: 9780306807336

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"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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Joe Orton

Joe Orton

Joe Orton (1933 – 1967) was born John Kingsley Orton in Leicester and from the age of two, lived on the Saffron Lane council estate. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell, an actor and writer seven years his senior. Halliwell would become Orton’s friend, mentor, lover and, eventually, his murderer. Between 1964 and 1967, Joe Orton contributed to an exciting working ... view full profile

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