Tynan

Richard Nelson
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ISBN 9780571227297 Format Paperback
Published 07/10/2004 Length 64 pages

About Book

Based on the diaries of the theatre critic and writer Kenneth Tynan. Written over the last ten years of Tynan's life, these painfully honest and revealing diaries create a portrait of one of the most interesting and complex men of our time. Literary Manager of the National Theatre under Olivier, dominant theatre critic, journalist, impresario of Oh Calcutta!, Kenneth Tynan was a profound, original and witty observer of his world. And never was he more ruthless than when he turned his sights upon himself.

This book contains a foreword by Corin Redgrave and an introduction by Tracy Tynan.

Tynan premiered as part of the RSC New Work Festival at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in October 2004.

  • About Richard Nelson

    Richard Nelson's plays include Farewell to the Theatre, Nikolai and the Others, Sweet and Sad, That Hopey Changey Thing, Conversations in Tusculum, How Shakespeare Won the West, Frank's Home, Rodney's wife, Franny's Way, Madame Melville, Goodnight Children Everywhere, The General From America, New England, Misha's Party (with Alexander Gelman), Columbus or the Discovery of Japan, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some Americans Abroad, Left, Life Sentences, Principia Scriptoriae.

    He was written the musicals Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano (with Peter Golub), James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey), My Life With Albertine (with Ricky Ian Gordon), the screenplays for the films Hyde Park-on-Hudson (Roger Michell director) and Ethan Frome (John Madden director).

    He has received numerous awards both in America and abroad, including a Tony Award (Best Book of a Musical for James Joyce's The Dead), and Oliver Award (Best Play for Goodnight Children Everywhere), Tony nominations (Best Play for Two Shakespearean Actors; Best Score as co-lyricist for James Joyce's The Dead), an Olivier nomination (Best Comedy for Some Americans Abroad), two Obies, a Lortel Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Writers Award.

    He is the recipient of the PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He lives in upstate New York.

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