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Bennett, Alan 1934-

Works: 288 works in 1,638 publications in 18 languages and 36,609 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Drama  Juvenile works  Biography  Diaries  Domestic fiction  History  Historical films  Television programs  Motion pictures 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Actor, Performer, Narrator, Director, Editor, Scenarist, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Adapter, Author of introduction, Dedicatee
Classifications: PR6052.E5, 823.914
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Most widely held works by Alan Bennett
The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett( Book )

103 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 18 languages and held by 2,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Queen of England comes across a travelling library and ends up taking out a novel. One read leads to another and a passion awakes, resulting in a decline of her public duties
The history boys by Nicholas Hytner( Visual )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 1,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mid 1980s in a grey and grim northern grammar school, a select number of very bright boys are desperately trying to pass the Oxbridge entrance exams. The story illustrates the bravado, humour and vulnerability of teenagers as they navigate their way to adulthood
The clothes they stood up in by Alan Bennett( Book )

58 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,100 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 history boys by Alan Bennett( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,025 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
Beyond the fringe by Alan Bennett( Book )

13 editions published between 1963 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of comic sketches
The madness of King George by Nicholas Hytner( Visual )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the life of King George III, this is the story of royal intrigue, sexual indiscretions, backstairs plotting and a battle for power between Parliament and the throne, all occurring while the King is being treated for an unknown mental illness
The laying on of hands : stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 764 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
Plays one by Alan Bennett( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talking heads by Alan Bennett( Book )

40 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 675 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 )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 654 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 madness of King George by Alan Bennett( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and German and held by 587 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
Smut : two unseemly stories by Alan Bennett( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Shielding of Mrs Forbes Graham Forbes is a disappointment to his mother who thinks that if he must have a wife, he should have done better. And her own husband would be better if she were mourning him than living with him
The uncommon reader [a novella] by Alan Bennett( Recording )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and German and held by 537 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 )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 521 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
The old country by Alan Bennett( Book )

16 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 510 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 complete talking heads by Alan Bennett( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 496 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
The madness of George III by Alan Bennett( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 495 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
Fortunes of war by Olivia Manning( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mini-series that chronicles the lives of an English couple who live in Bucharest when WWII breaks out
The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame( Recording )

29 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many of the original cast from Alan Bennett's acclaimed National Theatre production appear in this special dramatisation for BBC Radio 4 including Richard Briers as Rat, Adrian Scarborough as Mole and Terence Rigby as Albert with Alan Bennett as the narrator. A wonderful, highly-acclaimed dramatic performance of a classic novel
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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 brittisk manusfrfattare och skdespelare

Alan Bennett brytyjski aktor i pisarz

Alan Bennett scrittore, drammaturgo e sceneggiatore britannico

Alanus Bennett

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The clothes they stood up inThe history boysBeyond the fringeThe laying on of hands : storiesPlays oneTalking headsSmut : storiesThe madness of King George