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O'Connor, Garry

Overview
Works: 45 works in 234 publications in 2 languages and 7,849 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Discographies  Fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PN2598.R46, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Garry O'Connor
 
Most widely held works by Garry O'Connor
Sean O'Casey : a life by Garry O'Connor( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valete 1990 Matthew Collins
Ralph Richardson : an actor's life by Garry O'Connor( Book )

12 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Engelse toneelspeler (geb. 1902)
Alec Guinness : a life by Garry O'Connor( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For the first time, Garry O'Connor reveals Guinness's full story, including how the actor was shaped by his illegitimacy, his strained relationship with his mother, and his search for stability through the Roman Catholic Church. His biography is backed by impeccable research, including interviews with Guinness himself, and contains startling new information about Guinness's childhood, his secret relationships, and the fears that haunted him. This book is a unique portrait of the man behind the indelible performances."--Jacket
William Shakespeare : a popular life by Garry O'Connor( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates the life and work of William Shakespeare, including his marriage, sexuality, family life, and experiences in the theater
The pursuit of perfection : a life of Maggie Teyte by Garry O'Connor( Book )

13 editions published between 1971 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Olivier : in celebration( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Venner og kolleger biograferer den engelske skuespiller Laurence Olivier
The secret woman : a life of Peggy Ashcroft by Garry O'Connor( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peggy Ashcroft was one of the great actresses of the 20th century, being equally at home with the classics as with contemporary drama. Her official biography concentrated only on her professional life, but family, friends and colleagues have co-operated to make this biography a fuller picture
Paul Scofield : an actor for all seasons by Garry O'Connor( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Scofield is the most private - and arguably the greatest - of all living British actors. At 80, he is still in peak condition, in creative power, looks and health. No actor of the last century has achieved greater acclaim for the depth and range of his performances, from extreme farce or comedy (including a singing part in a musical), to darkest tragedy." "Many of his roles are already part of the glory of British theatre history. His King Lear transformed that role, perhaps for all time. His two performances as Hamlet were landmark productions. The tour of the second Hamlet to Russia marked a significant thaw in Anglo-Russian cultural contacts." "Scofield, however, is adamantly not a celebrity actor. As guardian of his craft and integrity, he has kept himself most carefully out of the limelight. This, in fact, is the first full biography of him. Garry O'Connor, highly respected for his theatrical biographies, presents a richly drawn, fully dimensional portrait of the great actor. O'Connor interviewed the intensely private Scofield himself, as well as many of the actors and directors he has worked with, including Simon Callow, Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre, and Peter Hall. The result is a biography of one of the past century's most remarkable and enigmatic icons."--Jacket
The Mahabharata : Peter Brook's epic in the making by Garry O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As luck would have it : my seven ages by Derek Jacobi( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Derek Jacobi is one of the most beloved and distinguished British theatre actors of the last fifty years. Until now, the public have known very little about the private man. In this frank, funny and moving autobiography, Derek lifts the veil for the first time on his extraordinary life, behind the footlights and beneath the theatrical make-up
French theatre today by Garry O'Connor( Book )

10 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Shakespeare : a life by Garry O'Connor( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Darlings of the gods : one year in the lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Garry O'Connor( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alec Guinness : master of disguise by Garry O'Connor( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Richardson : an actor's life by Garry O'Connor( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Scofield : the biography by Garry O'Connor( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Scofield is one of Britain's finest classical actors, and is often described as the greatest actor in the world. It is a remarkable accolade for such a self-effacing man, one who frequently turned down parts that would have led to fame and riches. But Scofield has always followed his own path and after sixty years his acting still surprises, and wins the admiration of critics." "Of the same stature as Redgrave, Gielgud and Olivier, although of a younger generation, Scofield too won international acclaim. He was awarded an Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons in 1966 - and was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Ralph Fiennes' father in Quiz Show in 1995. His distinguished stage career includes all the great roles: Tynan described his Hamlet as the best he'd ever seen. Paul Scofield won a Bafta in 1997 for The Crucible and was made a Companion of Honour in 2001." "Acclaimed author Garry O'Connor has spoken to the famously reclusive Scofield himself, as well as to many of the actors and directors he has worked with, including Diana Rigg, Simon Callow, Robert Redford, Trevor Nunn and Peter Hall. The result is a biography that paints a revealing portrait of a man who, for the serious film- and theatre-goer, is more of an icon than any other living actor."--BOOK JACKET
Campion's ghost : the sacred and profane memories of John Donne, poet by Garry O'Connor( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Butcher of Poland : Hitler's lawyer Hans Frank by Garry O'Connor( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Czech and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life of the Bavarian Hans Frank, one of the ten war criminals hanged at Nuremburg in 1946, who converted to Catholicism before he died, has not received the full attention the world has given to other Nazi leaders. In many ways he warrants it more. His life symbolises Germany's hubristic and visionary ambition to an alarming degree much better than anyone else's, perhaps because he was an intellectual of the highest calibre: ‘Can’t they see,’ he said of his fellow accused at Nuremberg, ‘that this is a horrible tragedy in the history of mankind, and that we are the symbols of an evil that God is brushing aside?’ As he recognised by the end he was a primary - if not the exemplary - symbol of evil, his remorse, self-pity, and arrogance knew no bounds as they vied with his contrition. Author Garry O'Connor brings his skills as a playwright, biographer and novelist to this harrowing account of Histler's lawyer, the man who formalised the Nazi race laws." --Publisher description
Subdued fires : an intimate portrait of Pope Benedict XVI by Garry O'Connor( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Omaha Beach, June 6, 2004. A delegation sent by John Paul II from the Vatican to commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day is headed by Joseph Ratzinger, a former Nazi youth who, while resident in Rome for the previous 23 years, is known as the 'Panzer Cardinal'. Ratzinger insisted on being at the commemoration. Garry O'Connor's biography begins here. And what is revealed from that point on is an extraordinary figure, a man who a year later would be Pope, something no one predicted, at the age of 78. How did 12 years of Nazi rule affect the young Ratzinger? Did it inform his stand on reli
Vagabond lover by Garry O'Connor( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cavan O’Connor was born into near destitution in Nottingham in 1899, but quickly rose to become the legendary ‘Vagabond of Song’. He was one of the most famous singing legends of his era. He topped Variety bills. He was an adventurer, who cut a swashbuckling figure. In the golden age of radio, his broadcasts reached listening figures of over thirteen million. With his flawless tenor voice his status was as latter-day troubadour, a star of stage imitated by romantics young and old all over the civilised world. But what lay behind the idealised celebrity? Was he a gift from God, or a flawed, vulnerable being like the rest of us? Enter the writer son Garry O’Connor, who answers that question emphatically. In his memoir The Vagabond Lover, the father-son dispute unveils without sentimentality the general mess of domestic and family life, of which Cavan was the head. Revealed – in this searing, honest, dark revelation – are the miserable depths the sweet singer of lyrical song plumbed, and remorselessly so. O’Connor fils does not spare the reader, refusing to gloss over the traumas and crises of family conflict, as they run in parallel to his own fortunes and vicissitudes. He is dispassionate with the biographical detail, yet impassioned enough to recall one of his own plays, penned in his Cambridge youth, where the father Cavan is reimagined. In fiction as in life he is cast as the pivotal character in a family drama painful in its climaxes. Overarching is a first ever account of those Cambridge years, peopled with familiar icons of twenty-first-century culture. It’s a fast-moving, two-pronged probe into the nature of celebrity, arriving at a profound resolution as the author shrugs off the flaws and setbacks packaged as part of the celebrity deal." -- provided by publisher
 
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William Shakespeare : a popular life
Alternative Names
Connor, Garry O'

Garry O'Connor novelist

O'Connor M.

O'Connor, M. (Garry)

Languages
English (165)

Czech (2)

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William Shakespeare : a popular lifeThe secret woman : a life of Peggy AshcroftPaul Scofield : an actor for all seasonsAlec Guinness : master of disguiseRalph Richardson : an actor's lifePaul Scofield : the biographyCampion's ghost : the sacred and profane memories of John Donne, poet