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Bennett, Alan 1934-

Overview
Works: 446 works in 1,883 publications in 20 languages and 41,216 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Comedy films  Biography  Biographical films  Diaries  Domestic fiction  Television adaptations  History  Historical films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Actor, Performer, Narrator, Director, Editor, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Speaker, Adapter, Other, Dedicatee, Author of introduction, Recipient
Classifications: PR6052.E5, 823.914
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The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett( Book )

114 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in 20 languages and held by 2,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Obliged to borrow a book when her corgis stray into a mobile library, the Queen discovers a passion for reading, setting the palace upon its head and causing the royal head of Great Britain to question her role in the monarchy
The lady in the van by Nicholas Hytner( Visual )

12 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for fifteen years
The history boys by Alan Bennett( Book )

31 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (or senior) boys in a British boys' school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university, generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In The History Boys, Alan Bennett evokes the special period and place that the sixth form represents in an English boy's life. In doing so, he raises not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today
The history boys by Nicholas Hytner( Visual )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Centers around eight boisterous-yet-talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to England's most prestigious universities. They are aided on their quest by two teachers, a shrewd young upstart and an inspiring old eccentric, whose opposing philosophies challenge the boys to confront the true meaning of education and the relative values of happiness and success
The clothes they stood up in by Alan Bennett( Book )

52 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A burglary sparks off a hilarious chain of events for an older English couple who find out who they really are without all of their possessions
The Madness of King George by Nicholas Hytner( Visual )

33 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1788. King George III is almost 30 years into his reign, but his behaviour is becoming increasingly irrational - he is babbling ceaselessly, spewing obscenities and attacking the Queen's Mistress of Robes. Has the King of England gone mad? The Prince of Wales sets out to have his father declared unfit to rule and the Queen is denied access to her husband, who is himself at the mercy of his own physicians. Improvement is only seen when a new doctor, Dr Willis, is engaged but the King's true saviour is much closer to home - the Queen herself
Smut : stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents two short tales of sex, secrets, and misrepresentation, including "The Greening of Mrs. Donaldson," in which a widow supplements her income by being a test subject for medical students
The laying on of hands : stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Bennett's Extraordinary ear for dialogue and sharpness of perception have made him a master storyteller. In "Father!Father! Burning Bright," he writes with tragicomic insight about a son's vigil at his father's deathbed where their lifelong battle continues to end. " The laying of Hands." a brilliantly funny satire, describes a society memorial service for rather special masseur who died tragically young; and in "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet," a lovely,unmarried department store clerk discovers there's more to life than looking after her brother through her only indulgence, her podiatrist
Beyond the fringe by Alan Bennett( Book )

12 editions published between 1961 and 1970 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of comic sketches
Lady in the van by Alan Bennett( Book )

33 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken down van into Alan Bennett's garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years. This account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books. The play premiered in 1999, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Dame Maggie Smith, who reprise their roles in this new film adaptation. Shot on location at Bennett's house, Alex Jennings plays the author, alongside household names including Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper
The madness of King George by Alan Bennett( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

30 years into his reign, the King of England starts to go a little mad; his court hires a new, radical doctor to try to cure him, but what he really needs in the love of a good queen
Talking heads by Alan Bennett( Book )

27 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of 12 groundbreaking monologues, originally filmed for BBC Television. At once darkly comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting, this book is widely regarded as a modern classic
The uncommon reader : [a novella] by Alan Bennett( Recording )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and German and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading, the Uncommon reader is none other than Her Majesty the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely (J.R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, Ivy Compton Burnett, and the classics) and intelligently. Her reading naturally changes her world view and her relationship with people such as the oleaginous prime minister and his repellent advisers. She comes to question the prescribed order of the world, and loses patience with much that she has to do. In short, her reading is subversive. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The history boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life
Single spies : two plays about Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt ; &, Talking heads : six monologues by Alan Bennett( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher and other stories( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yet again Lucie loses her pocket handkerchief. In her search she meets Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, a kindly, but strangely prickly washerwoman, and Mr. Jeremy Fisher who tells her of his eventful fishing trip. When seven little bunnies go missing Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny find themselves caught up in a terrible battle between Mr. Tod and his unwelcome guest. Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca create havoc in the doll's house while Johnny Town-Mouse entertains a visitor from the country who has travelled up by mistake in a hamper of vegetables
A dance to the music of time( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles a half century of British upper-class life through the eyes of Nicholas Jenkins, from the 1920s to the 1960s. See how friendship, adultery, ambition, and failure play out in London's social, political, and artistic scenes
The old country by Alan Bennett( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In what appears to be a very English scene, Hilary and Bron are sitting peacefully on a verandah, when Hilary's sister and her husband show up. But this is more than just a family visit, and it is soon revealed that all is not as it appears. Bennett deftly uses the backdrop of a Cold War spy story to explore questions of loyalty, betrayal and national identity in this suspenseful and entertaining play. 'The Old Country' premiered at the Queen's Theatre, London, in September 1977
The madness of George III by Alan Bennett( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George III's behaviour has often been odd, but now he is deranged, with rumours circulating that he has even addressed an oak tree as the King of Prussia. Doctors are brought in, the government wavers and the Prince Regent manoeuvres himself into power. Alan Bennett's play explores the court of a mad king, and the fearful treatments he was forced to undergo. It is about the nature of kingship itself, showing how by subtle degrees the ruler's delirium erodes his authority and status
The complete talking heads by Alan Bennett( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to tie in with the transmission of Talking Heads 2, this edition collects together all 12 of the monologues, as well as Alan Bennett's early monologue A Woman of No Importance
Four stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Laying on of Hands, the painfully observant account of a memorial service for a masseur to the famous. The Clothes They Stood Up In, the comic tale of an elderly couple's trials after their flat is stripped completely bare. Father! Father! Burning Bright, the savage satire on the family of a dying man who rules over them from his hospital bed. The Lady in the Van, the true story of the eccentric old woman who is invited to live in a homeowner's front garden. She stays there, in her van, for fifteen years. The home is Alan Bennett's. It became a West End hit, starring Maggie Smith. Like everything Bennett does, these stories are playful, witty and painfully observant of ordinary people's foibles. They all have brilliant twists, are immensely entertaining and highly moral. And all are modern classics
 
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The uncommon reader
Alternative Names
Alan Bennett britischer Schriftsteller und Dramatiker

Alan Bennett britisk manusforfattar og skodespelar

Alan Bennett britisk manusforfatter og skuespiller

Alan Bennett britisk manuskriptforfatter og skuespiller

Alan Bennett Brits acteur

Alan Bennett brittisk manusförfattare och skådespelare

Alan Bennett brytyjski aktor i pisarz

Alan Bennett scrittore, drammaturgo e sceneggiatore britannico

Alanus Bennett

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Bennett, Alan

Алан Бенет

Алан Беннетт

Ален Бенет

Беннетт, Алан 1934-

אלן בנט

בנט, אלן 1934-

בנעט, אלן 1934-

الن بنت بازیگر و فیلمنامه‌نویس بریتانیایی

베넷, 앨런 1934-

アラン・ベネット

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The history boysThe clothes they stood up inSmut : storiesThe laying on of hands : storiesBeyond the fringeLady in the vanThe madness of King GeorgeTalking heads