A fascinating insight to a fascinating man whose life and career were cut too short. A friend once said of Orton he didn't have a heart, but what was there instead was surprisingly warm and compassionate at times. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Orton Diaries at Amazon.com. However, their common interests led to a lengthy romantic relationship. The Orton Diaries: Joe Orton: 9780060914981: Books - Amazon.ca. add to cart "To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich and happy is surely going against nature." Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. Outrage greeted Joe Orton's plays while he was alive and his diaries after he was dead. I like reading journals and this is a cracker, the descriptions of people, places is wonderful. The Orton Diaries. I was only just sixteen when I bought this book. I still look back on Joe Orton and this book with fondness. In the end, I decided the Tangier diaries weren't fantasy, but an accounting of months of seeking and attaining the sexual services of children. I didn't realise how much. The stories were so different than what was required in school. I would like to think that attitudes towards him - and therefore those towards himself - would have been different had he been alive today but in the context of the era, there is almost an inevitability that, sadly, things were not going to end well. The 1987 film adap­ta­tion is based on Orton's di­aries and on Lahr's research. in the second section (written in Tangier), sexual activity of the insatiable reads as tedious. The diary, how it was written and why adds an extra element of both information about the relationship, and questions as to how it affected them both - or if it did at all given the writing relationship between the two men was so close that sharing the reading and writing of it would not be impossible to imagine. 1 Curtis: Those Awful Orton Diaries Published by DigitalCommons@SHU, 1987 Then again, I cou. When Joe Orton (19331967) 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 in Ortons skull with a hammer before killing himself. I'm not sure how long he could have gone on, denying his own need for and others' need for love. "To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich. It was definitely not your normal material for a sixteen year old. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Nearly lost bladder control while reading some of the episodes featuring Kenneth Williams. Loot is a black comedy and a satire on arbitrary authority in which Orton blisteringly turns the police, death and religion into ironic farce. The varied extremes of their shared social life, from glamorous parties with famous names such as Rudolf Nureyev and Williams's good friend, the … Welcome back. Just from the sound of him, I liked him immensely. I watched a lot of documentaries on the 1960s when I was younger, and came across many stories of Joe Orton. Alan Ben­nett wrote the screen­play. Read Orton Diaries book reviews & author details and more at Amazon.in. I've read this three times over the years. I'll put it this way: if you believe sex is what happens in a Jennifer Aniston movie, then burn this book. It could've been a well-written novel rather than a. I'd be weighed down and slit my wrists. One cannot help but think that this is another example of a young and talented writer who was a victim of the times in which he lived. Boy oh boy. For this reason, I rate this book low. Also, the introduction by John Lahr is great, as well as his very useful footnotes sometimes drawing on his biographical research on Orton. Generally I love reading people's journels or diaries, and Joe Orton wrote a diary that is a masterpiece. I watched a lot of documentaries on the 1960s when I was younger, and came across many stories of Joe Orton. Edited with a superb introduction by John Lahr, The Orton Diaries is his crowning achievement. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. those of Alan Clark, "Chips" Channon, Harold Nicolson) who written by members of the ruling class. I knew Orton was murdered yet I didn't realise the circumstances until this dramatic account came to a spectacular conclusion. I highly recommend it, together with "Prick up Your Ears," the biography also by John Lahr. Orton’s diaries were published in 1986 and a film based on Prick Up Your Ears was released 1987 with Gary Oldman in the role of Orton. That never happened, but the Tangier diaries making at least one third of this book are proof enough of his pedophilia (not to mention he embraces and announces his pedophilia as one would announce their preference of mohair over tweed.). I had to hide it from my parents because it was "subversive". Prime members enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping, Free Same-Day or One-Day Delivery to select areas, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, and more. I'm so ambivalent on this book. It’s a mystery. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer. 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. Also an incredible inside look in Gay culture as well. It was so different and raw from the happy go lucky books all around me. In a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death in 1967, he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. As a piece of writing this is pretty fascinating -- the diary of playwright Joe Orton from the six months or so leading up to his murder. THE ORTON DIARIES: 1 OF 2 Orton kept diaries over two different periods of his life. Dr Emma Parker is Associate Professor of English at the University of Leicester, home of the Joe Orton archive. Joe Orton - once dubbed "the Oscar Wilde of the welfare state generation" - is here revealed as one of the great diarists of the 20th century. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2015. Fast, FREE delivery, video streaming, music, and much more. Highly recommended! He would have crashed and burned with his own nihilistic hedonism at some point (perhaps when his career was turning down?). (It's 'interesting' to read Orton claim that hi, Joe Orton's diaries (in 3 parts) ultimately bring about a feeling of embarrassment for a certain circle of 'my people'. Da Capo Press; Illustrated edition (Aug. 22 1996). To see what your friends thought of this book, "The trouble with Western Society today is the lack of, I was only just sixteen when I bought this book. There are flashes of great insight and the diaries are often laugh out loud funny. Taking a break from Yukio Mishima to read about a Joe Orton; young, gay writer who likes to think he's the epitome of butch and comes to a bloody end. It's kind of a one-sided view of an increasingly unhealthy relationship. This diary is a record by Joe Orton of the days leading up to his death at the hands of long time lover Kenneth Halliwell. His assessments of American society were amazingly still apt all these decades later. The editor added some excuse that fell flat. Well i had wanted to read this book for ages! That really comes across in these diaries. At one moment I had to ask, "Was he really a pedophile or was he trying to shock the public?" One of my friends recommended it to me. I could see him writing plays with the intent of filling them with boys for him to "interfere with" (his words.) Try Prime Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & … What happened to them? It did offer some insight into his plays and this is the only reason I gave it 2 stars. (It's 'interesting' to read Orton claim that his best sexual encounters were with people he didn't particularly like, and that intimacy was more difficult when genuine affection entered.). Orton rules. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Entertaining, bitchy, slightly prophetic, in hindsight of course, of the brutal death and destruction to come, the murder of playwright Joe Orton by his lover Kenneth Halliwell and Halliwell's suicide directly after. It's true that some of his sexual exploits are detailed quite graphically (and sometimes hilariously) here, but it's his unique perspective and insight which makes the diaries so compelling. But as a document, as a piece of writing, it is unusual, biting, funny. Orton is quite at ease with himself and I found this very appealing at first but as things progress it began to trouble me. His humor is dark and unconventional and still fresh. As a diary, there is a fair amount of the mundane -- which is rather enjoyable. Not only in their candid detail about his celebrity lifestyle but also his lust after young boys. © 2008-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates, The Complete Plays: The Ruffian on the Stair, Entertaining Mr. Sloan, the Good and Faithful Servant…. Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2014-09-17 12:59:14.680393 Bookplateleaf … North London's great poet of the stage. were obviously written with an eye on future publication and have dated very quickly. As well as it being one of the most honest Diaries I have ever read, it's also a great snapshot of the time and place - Swinging London in the mid-60's. Something went wrong. I give that ZERO STARS. His fame, skyrocketing. save 14 % In stock online. Either way it is a fascinating record. Lahr said that Orton’s plays ‘caught the era’s psychological mood, that restless pursuit of sensation whose manic frivolity announced a refusal to suffer’. Pretty horrifying the way Orton and Halliwell behaved with underage boys on vacation in Morocco. Both men were struggling actors who became struggling writers. It was horrifying to read his sexualization of a five year old boy. Joe Orton was a pedo, arrogant, conceited, racist and nasty. Exasperating though it is, we will never know the contents of Joe’s final diary entries. Please try again. It was so different and raw from the happy go lucky books all around me. Equally important, it provides a view into the British theatrical establishment in the early 20th century. This is a well presented book. Joe Orton - once dubbed "the Oscar Wilde of the welfare state generation" - is here revealed as one of the great diarists of the 20th century. Paperback | August 22, 1996. John Lahr does an outstanding job of editing the diaries of an interesting man who was butchered in his sleep by the one person he was nothing without. $19.76 online. ONE DAY in November 1985 Kenneth Williams was invited to read excerpts from the soon-to-be-published diary of his friend Joe Orton. Orton's diaries are full of his hedonistic pursuits and talented as a playwrite he may have been, for the sake of those children he abused, the publishers of The Orton Diaries, Methuen, should be banned from ever publishing further copies of his diary. He was a great playwright. His short life involved hit plays of outrageous farce, work with the Beatles, and inumerous actors, producers, and directors. For me, 4 stars -- for people who couldn't care less about Joe Orton, 2 stars. Finally, if you are something in between, approach Orton with an open mind. The Diary entries are funny, eclectic, dishy and take you into the mind of Joe Orton. The Edna Welthorpe letters at the end are hysterical. Be the first to ask a question about The Orton Diaries. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages that interest you. Throughout the diary, you witness Joe Orton's ability to present characters, fully developed in very few lines. Orton was gay, proud and promiscuous and this diary does not hide that. The introduction by John Lahr is well-written and the footnotes are informative. Every detail is there, from the confines of the small London flat to the freedom of Tangier. All that said, The Orton Diaries as well as bio Prick Up Your Ears and play, Diary of A Somebody both by John Lahr are amazing as well. The introduction, footnotes, photographs, etc are very interesting and informative. When the book ended, I was left wondering if perhaps Kenneth Halliwell hadn't saved London from an eventual predator. Among the best post-war diaries! Joe Orton lived a wild, mad life, full of sex and violence, and it informed his plays. It was written by Orton with a view to publication. Little did he know the circumstances under which they would be. It is brutally honest, sexually graphic, shocking and uncomfortable to read at times but is also a rivetting record of the two men's relationship and their social and private lives. If you can even call it a view, as Orton, charming and witty as he seems, was too self-centred to really see his relationship. Great Books to Give the Kids This Holiday. Joe Orton, the playwright, and Kenneth Halliwell, who shared his tiny flat in Islington for eight years until they were both found dead in it last week, left their estates to each other. Skip to main content. Alistair Campbell, Robin Cook etc.) Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Paired with The Orton Diaries, is the first-ever radio production of Loot - his hilarious, black masterpiece - first broadcast by Radio 3 for the 30th anniversary of his death. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It captures London theater culture as well as pop culture of that period and time - meaning the 60's. Find all the books, read about the author and more. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Orton Diaries at Amazon.com. The first, his ‘juvenile’ diary, covered his last years in Leicester and first two months at RADA. the most interesting last six months of anyone's life. It's true that some of his sexual exploits are detailed quite graphically (and sometimes hilariously) here, but it's his unique perspective and insight which makes the diaries so compelling. It was definitely not your normal material for a sixteen year old. It seems like Orton was a bit of a shit, but I can't help but be captivated by his diaries. That is fascinating and worthy of more stars than I can give this book. One of my friends recommended it to me. Live hard, die young? Kenneth Halliwell, according to the background material provided, would have had access to it. It is brutally honest, sexually graphic, shocking and uncomfortable to read at times but is also a rivetting record of the two men's relationship and their social and private lives. Not available in stores. In 1951, he met Joe Orton, a fellow RADA student. When the opportunity to read his diaries came along, I snapped it up. My rating is likely as high as it is due to my familiarity with and admiration of Orton's plays. The screenplay was written by Alan Bennett, based on the biography by John Lahr. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2017. Joe Orton in 1966 Credit: Hulton O n its initial three-week West End run in 1964, the play, a timeless study of man's capacity for cruelty, received mixed reviews. I knew little of Orton, his plays or his life apart from the fact he was gay and the diaries were notoriously explicit. Knowing this means allowing for some self aggrandizing however Orton died before he had a chance to edit it, though he may have edited as he we. I still look back on Joe Orton and this book with fondness. An absolute riot. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 29, 2019. by Da Capo Press, The Orton Diaries: including the correspondence of Edna Welthorpe and others. This book was put together by John Lahr(The Cowardly Lions Son)the diary consists not only of his own diary but also of letters that were uncovered that he wrote to family and friends.It is an excellent insight to this playwright and his turbulant life.It was also the basis of the book and movie Prick Up His Ear. It could've been a well-written novel rather than a set of true diaries. Afterall, he wrote the diaries with the intent of publishing them. Skip to main content. When the opportunity to read his diaries came along, I snapped it up. His creation of Dame Edna who writes scathing reviews in letters-to-the-editors of Joe's plays (among other things) is hilarious. Unalloyed joy. It's kind of a one-sided view of an increasingly unhealthy relationship. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. These diaries did not make for pleasant reading. I cannot agree with the previous reviewer's opinion regarding The Orton Diaries. The writing is of a caliber I rarely encounter anymore. We’d love your help. So no one but a hardcore fan is really going to be interested in the endless meetings, correspondences and contract negotiations which provide the mundane background for the meat of the diaries: Orton's tempestuous relationship with Kenneth Halliwell, the lover who eventually kills him; and his promiscuous sex life. On the evidence of these diaries, the flight-recorder, the black box present in all writers, was particularly efficient in Joe Orton. I don't particularly want to moralize about Orton's promiscuity - which, in tandem with his burgeoning fame, led to his brutal murder by the "non-entity" who mentored and lived with him for years. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. Of course, the irony is that Orton - highly intelligent and self-aware - did not see that the growing depression of his partner, Kenneth Halliwell, would lead to their deaths. I could have done without the explicit details about his sexual romps with teenage boys. Islington, 9 August 1967. “Cleanse my heart... Give me the ability to rage correctly”, Memoirs: Beautiful, Weird, Experimental, But Not Celebrity (An Education). But the journals document a remarkable final year starting in December 1966. I'll have to read Prick Up Your Ears too. I'm not sure how long he could have gone on, denying his own need for and others' need for love. It is Joe Orton's diary, annotated with letters and pertinent quotes from friends and family. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Free delivery on qualified orders. Try Prime Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Orders Try Prime Cart. It troubles me now, too much apparently to give this a proper review. Joe Orton, commonly thought of as a playwright of risqué farces in the 1960s, was a very present figure for a while in the gay community in the UK in the late 1980s and early 1990s (perhaps because his biography was published late in the 1970s, his diaries in 1986 and a film based on the diaries released 1987). This book captures a vivid flash of 1960s London and its culture. This books is not for everyone. Boy oh boy. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2016. 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 The writing is of a caliber I rarely encounter anymore. Although I admire the principle of not excessively editing artists' diaries for publication, Lahr goes a little overboard in this one, leaving in every word from the last eight months of the diary's (and Orton's) life. Free shipping for many products! The ‘juvenile’ diaries were written between 1949 and 1951 and his mature diaries from 1966 and 1967. As a teacher, she made... ”To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich. By contrast, Joe Orton's diaries were written by an exceptionally talented young writer - working class, gay - at the absolute height of his powers. Overall, this re-reading of The Orton Diaries opposes the narrative of tragic queerness that typically defines Orton’s life, casting new light on the Orton-Halliwell relationship and on the diary as a form of queer protest. He was known as one of Britain's most promising playwrights, but he had a dark, depraved and sinister side. I knew Orton was murdered yet I didn't realise the circumstances until this dramatic account came to a spectacular conclusion. It's been noted countless times that a lot of the great artists of our time were messed up in some way. It isn't scandalous, it's horrifying. A very intriguing set of diaries. The film stars Gary Oldman as Orton, Alfred Molina as Halliwell, Wallace Shawn as Lahr, and Vanessa Redgrave as Peggy Ramsay. No Kindle device required. Publication date 1996 Topics Orton, Joe -- Diaries, Dramatists, English -- 20th century -- Diaries Publisher Da Capo Press Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; internetarchivebooks; china Digitizing sponsor Kahle/Austin Foundation Contributor Internet Archive Language English. "To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich, and happy is surely going against nature". I've owned a copy of these diaries for many years, bought this copy as a birthday present and the recipient was over the moon. Joe Orton's diaries (in 3 parts) ultimately bring about a feeling of embarrassment for a certain circle of 'my people'. Read this book ages ago and I am currently re-reading it. John Lahr's bi­og­ra­phy of Orton, en­ti­tled Prick Up Your Ears (a title Orton him­self had con­sid­ered using), was pub­lished in 1978. He enjoyed scandalizing society with unconventionality. Kenneth Williams features quite a bit in Orton's diaries, as Orton does in Williams' diaries, and it's quite fascinating to cross reference the same events recounted in very different ways by the two men. I guess in future I just need to keep partaking of their works but refrain from reading about their personal lives. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in Joe Orton and/or Kenneth Halliwell. I loved it. August 22nd 1996 A gay man in 1960's London, when it was not fashionable to "come out," Orton was always true to himself and to his desires (as awful as they were). Then again, I couldn't read 500 of these type of books every year. I loved it. Car­lo… I had to hide it from my parents because it was "subversive". Joe was a brilliant, creative, cutting-edge playwright who was just coming into his own when he was killed violently by his long-time partner. Refresh and try again. The stories were so different than what was required in school. It was also a major surprise how it ended. His diary, recorded over the last six months of his life, captures a slice of history when London was at its last zenith since the Renaissance. More interesting than most diaries, yet I beg to differ with the introduction in that they show Orton was "playing with fire", which is merely trying to be wise with the dubious benefit hindsight, or reading every aspect of his life as if it were somehow leading up to his untimely and gruesome death. When he goes to meet Brian Epstein, or Paul McCartney, or goes to accept his Evening Standard award for Loot as best play of 1966, it's like we're in his head with him. In fact, as slavishly documented (esp.) The candid and sensational diaries of the brilliant 34-year-old playwright Joe Orton, written six months before he was murdered by his lover in 1967. Comparatively rich, and computer calculate the overall star rating and percentage by. 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