Untold Stories by Alan Bennett

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"[Bennett] does what only the best writers can do--make us look at ourselves in a way we've never done before." --Michael Palin

Untold Stories brings together some of the finest and funniest writing by one of England's best-known literary figures. Alan Bennett's first major collection since Writing Home contains previously unpublished work--including the title piece, a poignant memoir of his family and of growing up in Leeds--along with his much celebrated diary for the years 1996 to 2004, and numerous other exceptional essays, reviews, and comic pieces. In this highly anticipated compendium, the Today Book Club author of The Clothes They Stood Up In reveals a great many untold secrets and stories with his inimitable humor and wry honesty--his family's unspoken history, his memories of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, and his response to the success of his most recent play, The History Boys.
Since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s, Bennett has delighted audiences worldwide with writing that is, in his words, "no less serious because it is funny." The History Boys opened to great acclaim at the Royal National Theatre in 2004, winning numerous awards, and is scheduled to open in New York City in April 2006.

 

About Alan Bennett

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Alan Bennett is a renowned playwright and essayist whose screenplay for The Madness of King George was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in London, England.
 
Published May 4, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 712 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Are you persecuted much?"" her cloistered Christian Pacifist visitors ask Frances Partridge in 1941—""rather taking the wind out of my sails.

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The New York Times

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Alan Bennett, a founding member of the comedy troupe, has continued as an actor and playwright.

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The Guardian

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The author was Alan Bennett, who would also appear in both plays and direct the other one, and it was clear that the central scene he had written between Blunt and the Queen - quite apart from any element of lèse-majesté - was going to create a sensation.

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The Guardian

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For much of the time when he was writing these pieces, Bennett was under the impression that he had a year or so to live, which gives the book its distinctive valedictory tone.

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BC Books

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"Good money from bad people" is a principle which troubles Bennett very much.

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BC Books

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"Good money from bad people" is a principle which troubles Bennett very much.

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The Bookbag

It struck me that he'd written about Miss Shepherd (who lived in a van in his drive for fifteen years) then written a play about her stay and now was writing about the play.

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