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Bennett, Alan 1934-

Works: 585 works in 2,510 publications in 12 languages and 44,201 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Comedy films  Humorous fiction  Biography  Diaries  Short stories  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Editor, Actor, Narrator, Performer, Director, Scenarist, wpr, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Creator, Author of introduction, vac, Adapter, Speaker, Conceptor, Singer, Recipient
Classifications: PR6052.E5, 822.914
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Most widely held works by Alan Bennett
The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett( Book )

40 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,084 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 )

31 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,765 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 )

53 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,315 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 )

48 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,213 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
Six poets : Hardy to Larkin : an anthology by Alan Bennett( )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The inimitable Alan Bennett selects and comments upon six favorite poets and the pleasures of their works"
The Madness of King George by Nicholas Hytner( Visual )

50 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1788. King George III is almost 30 years into his reign and is once again preparing for the opening of parliament. Queen Charlotte skilfully divides her role as both devoted wife and mother to their 15 children. Yet despite this apparent veneer of respectability, something is going sadly awry within the walls of Windsor Castle. The King's behaviour is becoming increasingly irrational, he is babbling ceaselessly, spewing obscenities and attacking the Queen's mistress of Robes, Lady Pembroke. Has the King of England gone ... mad?
The clothes they stood up in by Alan Bennett( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 906 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 golden age of probation : mission v market by Roger Statham( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Golden Age of Probation is the first book on probation in the United Kingdom by those practitioners who became its leaders. A comprehensive account exploring culture, values and tensions. It looks at the dynamics of probation supervision and political dimensions, including the shift to a market-driven form of public service
Beyond the fringe by Alan Bennett( Book )

12 editions published between 1961 and 1970 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of comic sketches
The laying on of hands : stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The Laying On of Hands" is Bennett at his best in this funny and mischievous satire about a society memorial service for a rather special masseur, who has died at a tragically young age in Peru." "In "Father! Father! Burning Bright" Bennett writes with tragicomic insight about a son's vigil at his father's deathbed, where their lifelong battle continues to the end. With his pared-down and deceptively simple prose style, Bennett unflinchingly describes the random thoughts and haphazard conversations of the family members waiting in the hospital as they face life and death." "In "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet" a podiatrist shows a lonely, unmarried department store clerk that there's more to life than looking after her brother. Part of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Talking Heads series, "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet" was described in the New York Times as both "touching" and "hilarious.""--BOOK JACKET
The madness of King George by Alan Bennett( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When George III's behaviour begins to seem odd, even for Royalty, the collapse of government is imminent. The King is subjected to the horrors of eighteenth-century medicine, the Ministers scrabble to remain in office and the Prince of Wales prepares to take power. An exploration of the nature of kingship, the screenplay for The Madness of King George is based on the successful stage play, The Madness of George III. The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett - later adapted into the Oscar-winning film The Madness of King George - is an exploration of the court of a mad king, and the fearful treatments he was forced to undergo.""
Smut : two unseemly stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

28 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The shielding of Mrs Forbes"--Forbes is a disappointment to his mother who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. Though her own husband isn't all that satisfactory either."--Back cover
Talking heads by Alan Bennett( Book )

36 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 576 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
Smut : stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 562 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 old country by Alan Bennett( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 561 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 uncommon reader : [a novella] by Alan Bennett( Recording )

35 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and German and held by 539 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
Lady in the van by Alan Bennett( Book )

40 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Adapted by the author from his autobiographical memoir, The Lady in the Van tells the story of Miss Mary Shepherd, whom Bennett first came across when she was living in the street near his home in Camden Town."--Publisher description
Single spies : two plays about Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt ; &, Talking heads : six monologues by Alan Bennett( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The madness of George III by Alan Bennett( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the nature of kingship itself."
The complete talking heads by Alan Bennett( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 499 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
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Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.02 for Understand ... to 0.75 for Telling ta ...)

WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The uncommon reader
The history boysThe clothes they stood up inBeyond the fringeThe laying on of hands : storiesThe madness of King GeorgeSmut : two unseemly storiesTalking headsSmut : stories
Alternative Names
Alan Bennett acteur britannique

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 pemeran laki-laki asal Britania Raya

Alan Bennett scrittore, drammaturgo e sceneggiatore britannico

Alanus Bennett

Benett, Alan 1934-

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Bennett, Alan

Άλαν Μπέννετ Άγγλος συγγραφέας και ηθοποιός

Алан Бенет

Алан Беннетт

Алан Беннетт англійський актор, письменник

Ален Бенет

Беннетт Алан

Беннетт, Алан 1934-

אלן בנט

אלן בנט סופר בריטי

בנט, אלן 1934-

בנעט, אלן 1934-

ألان بينيت

الن بنت بازیگر و فیلمنامه‌نویس بریتانیایی

베넷, 앨런 1934-


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