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Lahr, John 1941-

Works: 118 works in 539 publications in 4 languages and 18,157 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Drama  Portraits  History  Study guides  Reviews  Biographical films  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, pre, Originator, Interviewer
Classifications: PR6065.R7, B
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Most widely held works about John Lahr
Most widely held works by John Lahr
Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh by John Lahr( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, celebrated drama critic John Lahr gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds light on Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate. With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life, this book is as much a biography of the man as it is a trenchant exploration of his plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen. Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life. Lahr captures not just his tempestuous public persona but also his backstage life, where his agent Audrey Wood and the director Elia Kazan play major roles, and Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, and Tallulah Bankhead have scintillating walk-on parts. This is a theater biography like no other.--From publisher description
Notes on a cowardly lion : the biography of Bert Lahr by John Lahr( Book )

16 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lahr's professional career and his complex private life are seen as an organic whole in a work that, combining immediacy with genuine perspective, is important both as a personal portrait and as a contribution to theater history
Prick up your ears : the biography of Joe Orton by John Lahr( Book )

60 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of murder/suicide of playwright Joe Orton and his lover, Ken Halliwell. When Orton, after years of unsuccessful collaboration with Halliwell, breaks away and achieves fame and fortune on his own, Halliwell cracks, hammers Orton to death and then kills himself
Coward, the playwright by John Lahr( Book )

19 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In five dexterously argued chapters, John Lahr investigates all the major plays and many of Noël Coward's lesser-known pieces
The Orton diaries : including the correspondence of Edna Welthorpe and others by Joe Orton( Book )

51 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 Orton's skull in 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
Up against the fourth wall, essays on modern theater by John Lahr( Book )

11 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astonish me, adventures in contemporary theater by John Lahr( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Automatic vaudeville : essays on star turns by John Lahr( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of essays, biographer and critic John Lahr examines the present-day cult of fame and its effects on some of our brightest stars
Life-show; how to see theater in life and life in theater by John Lahr( Book )

13 editions published between 1973 and 1989 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sinatra : the artist and the man by John Lahr( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lahr traces the trajectory of the "solitary latchkey kid" from Hoboken, New Jersey, into the stratosphere of fame. Sinatra kept company with presidents and mobsters; he kept up the front of a happy family life for as long as he could and then took up with the most desired women in the world - Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg, Marilyn Monroe, and many, many more. He led a life of manic gregariousness, yet spoke to the romance and loneliness of the "wee small hours of the morning." He desperately needed to exist within the gaze of the audience but at the same time would express aloofness toward his fans, saying he was happiest "when I'm onstage all by myself with an orchestra and nobody to bug me."
The diaries of Kenneth Tynan by Kenneth Tynan( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Irreverent, indiscreet, wildly funny, sad, shocking and inspiring, the legendary diaries of Kenneth Tynan are above all compelling literature. For over three decades, on both sides of the Atlantic, Tynan was at the hot center of the theater and film worlds. He knew everybody; and everybody wanted to know him. His diaries - so resplendent with griefs and gossip - bear superb witness to the fame he courted and the price he paid for it."--Jacket
Light fantastic : adventures in theatre by John Lahr( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays written by one of the drama critics for The New Yorker magazine, discussing comedians, playwrights, musicals, and productions in the international world of theatre
Show and tell : New Yorker profiles by John Lahr( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Show and Tell, John Lahr reinvents the celebrity profile to get at the essence of performance. Lahr's profiles probe some of the most compelling, elusive, and irresistible public personas of our time, among them: Woody Allen, David Mamet, Ingmar Bergman, Frank Sinatra, Roseanne, Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Mike Nichols, Wallace Shawn, Arthur Miller, and Neil LaBute. In these, and the moving autobiographical portraits of his father, Bert Lahr, who was the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and his mother, a former Ziegfeld girl, Lahr charts the geography of fame."--Jacket
A Casebook on Harold Pinter's The homecoming by John Lahr( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dame Edna Everage and the rise of Western civilisation : backstage with Barry Humphries by John Lahr( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An insider's account of a great clown and a great act. Lahr takes us backstage at London's Theatre Royal with Barry Humphries, and into the weird and wonderful world of his show-stopping creation--Dame Edna Everage. Dame Edna--a character so real to the public that her autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, appeared on the nonfiction list--actively invites speculation about reality and fantasy, male and female. Hilarious and malign, polite and rude, highbrow and very low, the character Barry Humphries inhabits is a bundle of contradictions. John Lahr, the son of another comic genius, takes us behind the scenes to investigate how a provincial dandy from Melbourne transformed himself into one of the most unlikely megastars of today. In showing the connection between Humphries's comedy and the life it parodies, Lahr goes beyond reportage to an exploration of the nature of comedy.--From publisher description
Showcase. plays from the Eugene O'Neill Foundation by John Lahr( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The autograph hound by John Lahr( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hailed as a & ldquo;tour de force & rdquo; by the New York Times, this irresistible novel captures John Lahr & rsquo;s madcap genius Meet Benny Walsh: busboy at the Homestead restaurant in New York City by day, compulsive autograph hunter by night. Known for going to extraordinary lengths for a much-coveted signature, Benny is also tangled up with an actress and fellow autograph hound named Gloria, and drawn into an embittered battle with his archenemy, a headwaiter with a grudge. Lahr & rsquo;s acclaimed debut novel captures one wild week in Benny & rsquo;s life. It is an introduction to a brilliantly drawn and determined character who will stay with you long after the final page
Joy ride : show people and their shows by John Lahr( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of profiles and reviews from "The New Yorker" reveals details of the lives of contemporary dramatists as well as their sources of solace and inspiration, including Arthur Miller, Wallace Shawn, Harold Pinter, and David Mamet
The great American life show. 9 plays from the avant-garde theater by John Lahr( Book )

8 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grove Press modern drama : six plays( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Spanish (7)

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Prick up your ears : the biography of Joe OrtonCoward, the playwrightThe Orton diaries : including the correspondence of Edna Welthorpe and othersSinatra : the artist and the manThe diaries of Kenneth TynanLight fantastic : adventures in theatreShow and tell : New Yorker profilesDame Edna Everage and the rise of Western civilisation : backstage with Barry Humphries