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by Kathleen TYNAN,With B&W illus.

  • ISBN: 029779082X
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Kathleen TYNAN,With B&W illus.
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st ed edition (1987)
  • Pages: 520
  • ePub book: 1701 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1400 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 298


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Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Life of Kenneth Tynan. In assessing a single one of Kenneth Tynan's prodigious, innovative, and highly original contributions to theater, the utmost skill in writing and wielding the written word is not only called for but a must; yet Kathleen Tynan's task is the even more daunting one of assessing them all!

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Items related to The life of Kenneth Tynan. Kathleen TYNAN The life of Kenneth Tynan. ISBN 13: 9780297790822. Throughout his volatile career and in his personal life, Tynan, whose critical writings are often compared to Shaw's, worked hard to shock.

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A captivating biography chronicling the life and times of a wonderfully mercurial and eccentric genius. Kenneth Peacock Tynan was co-architect of England's National Theater repertoire and the deviser of Oh Calcutta among many other achievements.

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan (2 April 1927 – 26 July 1980) was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer (1954–1958, 1960–1963), he praised Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956), and encouraged the emerging wave of British theatrical talent. In 1963, Tynan was appointed as the new National Theatre Company's literary manager.

Not unexpectedly, for those of us who know about Osborne on the other .

In this case, my own. What is harder to accept is his relentless misogyny: his well-publicized and noisome rejection of ex-wives and daughter; his savage contempt for his mother, recorded in his autobiography. Mrs. Tynan often gives her evidence like a passing pedestrian at a street accident -a wondrously horrid misreading of my attempt to contain my overwhelming feeling so that the reader be allowed a closer look at the subject; and in blatant contradiction of the occasions when I do express those feelings.

Following Kenneth Tynan's death in 1980, she wrote the biography The Life of Kenneth Tynan (1987), her best-known book. She published some of her own theatre and literary criticism as well before her death from cancer in 1995.

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Umsida Umsida
I discovered Tynan almost by accident--I misremembered an essay by Jaques Barzun praising the journals of a different English theater critic (James Agate--an early recognizer of Tynan's brilliance, incidentally), and inadvertantly bought Tynan's instead; and I don't regret it one bit. (It was only after finishing the biography by Kathleen Tynan that I realized that a book called Intellectuals--a little, angry, narrow, but wickedly fun work by the conservative historian Paul Johnson--had actually piqued my interest in Tynan some years before. Johnson, who presents Tynan as a cautionary tale of sensual excess and wasted talent, can't help but weave an absurdly charismatic portrait nevertheless, and it says something in Tynan's favor that the recollections of his detractors are usually just as glowing--albeit obliquely, grudgingly--as those of his admirers.)

Kathleen Tynan certainly counts as the latter, though her relationship with Tynan was very fraught and complicated; and it's precisely her intensely insider view of Tynan's squalidness and elegance, kindness and cruelty, supple intelligence and thick ludicrous obstinacy that renders her book so valuable. I rate it four stars out of five, though I'd bump it up another half if I could (come on, Amazon; how hard would it be to set that up?). The book's only weakness is that Kathleen, in the end, was his wife; in spite of her warts-and-all portrait, the work as a whole lacks the objectivity and distance that I like to see in professional biography, while at the same time missing the kind of amateur instinct for the odd detail or timely digression that makes Boswell's life of Johnson so fascinating, or Saul Bellow's lightly disguised roman a clef regarding his distinguished contrarian friend Allan Bloom so consistently delightful. That said, Ms. Tynan's efforts deserve nothing but praise and support--we would not have anything substantive about Tynan if not for her--and the book is enjoyable, if ever so slightly dull in places, from start to finish.
Kadar Kadar
Tynan was a genuine wit that should not be forgotten.
Rocky Basilisk Rocky Basilisk
How depressing. No reviews for this book, and it can be had for a penny. Kathleen and Kenneth deserve so much more than this sad state of affairs. This book is a distinguished and well written biography by Kathleen Tynan about her husband for some 13 years, Kenneth Tynan. Kathleen and Ken didn't exactly have a traditional marriage because Ken Tynan wasn't exactly your run of the mill British theater critic. Aside from being a superb writer, he had an outrageous and totally unique personality. To put it succinctly, he was flaming but, at the same time, consistently heterosexual. I'll understand if you have a hard time wrapping your mind around that because anyone would. Kenneth Tynan, who ironically carried the middle name of "Peacock," was the type of gent who in his younger days would sport a hot pink suit or could be seen prancing about in tight leopard pants. Tynan's affectations were legendary. His hand would hang limply from the wrist with his ever present cigarette pinched between his middle and ring fingers. And if that's not twee enough for you, he possessed a pronounced stammer. For anyone who's ever seen the fabulous Brideshead Revisited miniseries, Tynan makes an appearance by way of character Anthony Blanche. So over the top and witty, and I had no idea who Kenneth Tynan was when I saw this back in the 80s.

I recommend this biography to anyone interested in the life of Kenneth Tynan. He was a fascinating person who was friends with so many accomplished and famous people. Sadly, he died much too young and before producing the grand artistic statement yearned to create. But frankly, the work that hooked me on this man forever is "The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan." Extremely well written and it offers fabulous insight into life, people, art, celebrity and it's spiced with some surprising sexual kinks.