Writing Home

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Picador, 2007 M04 1 - 688 páginas

Bringing together the hilarious, revealing, and lucidly intelligent writing of one of England's best known literary figures, Writing Home includes the journalism, book and theater reviews, and diaries of Alan Bennett, as well as "The Lady in the Van," his unforgettable account of Miss Shepherd, a London eccentric who lived in a van in Bennett's garden for more than twenty years. This revised and updated edition includes new material from the author, including more recent diaries and his introduction to his Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Madness of King George. A chronicle of one of the most important literary careers of the twentieth century, Writing Home is a classic history of a life in letters.

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The Writer in Disguise
427
The Insurance Man
447
Gielguds Achievements
463
Cold Sweat
475
Bad John
489
Instead of a Present
498
The Wrong Blond
504
Kafka at Las Vegas
516

The Lady in the Van
83
Postscript
121
Forty Years On and Other Plays
313
An Englishman Abroad
329
The Wind in the Willows
337
The King and I
353
The Madness of King George
372
Forty Years On
395
A Day Out
418
Comfortable Words
538
Alas Deceived
548
A E Housman 18591936
578
Tit for Tatti
587
Say Cheese Virginia
594
Going Round
606
Acknowledgements
613
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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 is also the author of The Clothes They Stood Up In and Writing Home. He lives in London, England

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