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John Lahr is a National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and Book Award Finalist. He is the author of eighteen books and was the senior drama critic of The New Yorker for over two decades. He lives in London.
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Works by John Lahr

The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan (2001) — Editor; Introduction; Editor — 152 copies
The autograph hound (1973) 19 copies

Associated Works

Love All the People (2004) — Foreword, some editions — 748 copies
The Complete Plays (1976) — Editor — 640 copies
The Orton Diaries (1986) — Editor — 528 copies
The Best American Essays 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 471 copies
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 299 copies
The Plays of Oscar Wilde (1954) — Introduction, some editions — 268 copies
The Best American Essays 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 187 copies
Musical Stages (1975) — Afterword, some editions — 118 copies
Jelly's Last Jam (1993) — Introduction — 34 copies

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I bought this book when it came out in, but never read it. Reading recently Lahr’s piece on Buster Keaton in the LRB and also Cat on a Hot Tin Roof reminded me of this really excellent biography. Lahr balances really well that emotional life - the pilgrimage of the title - with very evocative and acute depictions of the creation and stagings of the plays. I also like the way we jump straight into the book, at rehearsals for The Glass Menagerie.

This book attests to Lahr’s knowledge and experience as theatre critic and of course, his gift for style and narrative. I doubt if a better biography of Williams is possible. I wish someone would bring out Lahr’s biography of Joe Orton in the UK in eBook form.… (more)
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djh_1962 | 4 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
There is a lot of interesting material here, but this book is a mess. (The subtitle should be your first hint.) Overwrought in some places, poorly organized, and confusing at times. Someday someone will write a great biography of Tennessee Williams. This isn't it.
 
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GaylaBassham | 4 other reviews | May 27, 2018 |
There is a lot of interesting material here, but this book is a mess. (The subtitle should be your first hint.) Overwrought in some places, poorly organized, and confusing at times. Someday someone will write a great biography of Tennessee Williams. This isn't it.
 
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gayla.bassham | 4 other reviews | Nov 7, 2016 |
The author is a former writer for the New Yorker; here he shares some of his profiles and reviews. The commentary on the playwrights, directors, and shows is well written and lively, even if I do sometimes disagree with his assessment. His biographical sketches are interesting, and help to add some understanding to some of the work of these artists. There is one major complaint - he places the date the piece was written at the end of the piece, and it can become difficult when he references things like "this year" or "next year" without that frame of reference; I found myself constantly flipping forward to figure out what the time frame was.

Another interesting feature is that it adds a new perspective on the lack of diversity in theatre. The book is dominated by white males. There was one female director, one female writer, and one writer of color. The total lack of diverse voices in such an important publication goes a long way to explaining the lack of visibility of writers who are not white or male in the greater theatre scene. I could think of a slew of other possible subjects he could have written about, many of them at least as prominent as writers who were covered. This feature was very disappointing. I hope if the author does any further anthologies, he seeks to correct that omission.
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