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  Alan Bennett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor famous for his work and his sonorous Yorkshire accent.
Born in Leeds, Bennett was schooled at Leeds Modern School (a state grammar school), learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his National Service, and gained a place at Cambridge University.
Many of Bennett's characters are unfortunate and downtrodden, as in the Talking Heads series of monologues for television which were later performed at the Comedy Theatre in London in 1992.
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 Bennett, Alan - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Bennett, Alan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
His works (often set in his native north of England) treat, with macabre, gruesome comedy, such subjects as class, senility, illness, and death.
Bennett began his career writing and acting in Beyond the Fringe, a satirical stage revue (1959–64).
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Bennett,+Alan   (213 words)

  
 BBC - Leeds We are Leeds - Alan Bennett
Alan Bennet's The Lady in the Van was shown at the WYP in 2002
Alan Bennett's gentle, wry observations of life have made him one of the country's best-loved and most famous authors.
Alan Bennett was born in Leeds on the 9 May 1934.
www.bbc.co.uk /leeds/features/great_loiners/alan_bennet.shtml   (143 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | The Guardian profile: Alan Bennett
Bennett was born and grew up in Leeds, where his father was a butcher and amateur musician; his parents, funny and quick at home, were self-effacing, uneasy in public.
Bennett soon learned the Larkin-esque lesson "that life is generally something that happens elsewhere", and the Talking Heads are set where life, by this assessment, doesn't happen: country vicarages, suburbs.
Bennett has been known to complain that he is not taken as seriously as some of his peers, and a 1998 National Theatre ranking of the century's greatest playwrights didn't even place him in the top 20.
arts.guardian.co.uk /features/story/0,11710,1216361,00.html   (1419 words)

  
 Alan Bennett, Writer of "Talking Heads", "Telling Tales" etc
Alan Bennett has been a household name in British theatre ever since he starred and co-authored the satirical review Beyond the Fringe with Dudley Moore, Peter Cooke and Jonathan Miller in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival.
Alan Bennett started by writing and acting for the stage, he very soon turned his attention to writing plays for television.
Alan Bennett recalls his childhood in a sequence of talks that are funny, touching and told in his unique style.
www.tv-celebrity.co.uk /arts/alan-bennett.htm   (290 words)

  
 Bennett, Alan
Bennett pokes mischievous fun at Wittgenstein and the ordinary language philosophy of Austin, but his ear for telling dialogue reveals that he shares with those philosophers an awareness that language is a series of games, operating at different levels, whose rules can only be inferred from within.
Bennett's critique is subtle and sensitive however as the gap between her and our vision of the world progressively narrows.
Possessed of greater intelligence and insight than her husband and his adoring camp-followers, she is, despite her wit and perceptiveness a figure of pathos: marooned in a marriage and a social role she despises but lacking the courage to abandon them or the belief that real change is possible.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/B/htmlB/bennettalan/bennettalan.htm   (1093 words)

  
 Alan Bennett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Bennett's women and men are as ferociously verbal as Noël Coward's or Harold Pinter's (two of his major influences), and their compulsive current of talk illuminates their peccadilloes and magnifies their humiliations.
Bennett, a writer-performer whose youth was spent in the company of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and Jonathan Miller in the peerless Beyond the Fringe comedy troupe, still isn't well known in America.
The other metaphor Bennett draws on is the x-ray, which Blunt's doctor uses to check for recurrences of cancer and Blunt uses to examine the skeleton of the disputed Titian, exposing mysterious figures lingering like ghosts under layers of paint.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/movies/98/02/19/ALAN_BENNETT.html   (1233 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Alan Bennett has writer's block
Alan Bennett, one of Britain's best loved writers and performers, is suffering from a debilitating bout of writer's block that has made him depressed.
Bennett, author of the Talking Heads monologues on BBC television and the stage and film hit The Madness of King George, revealed he has long been unable to write at his home in Yorkshire, but has only recently experienced the same problem in his other house in north London.
Bennett, who came to prominence 40 years ago in the satirical stage show Beyond The Fringe, with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore, said part of the problems was that most of the ideas that have come to him in recent months seemed too dark to commit to the page.
books.guardian.co.uk /news/articles/0,6109,616371,00.html   (766 words)

  
 Barnes & Noble.com - The Laying On of Hands: Stories - Alan Bennett - Hardcover - 1ST
Alan Bennett's extraordinary ear for dialogue and sharpness of perception have made him a master storyteller.
Bennett's genius is for the imploding situation in which a cleverly made house of cards shudders and comes down; the comments of his characters as they nimbly pick their way around the wreckage ("I suppose there's a word for what I'm doing," the spinster says, "but.
Bennett's multileveled approach makes the title story work, as he slowly layers his conceit with observations on the celebrity scene in Britain and the priest's recollections of his romantic interaction with the deceased.
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 The Observer | UK News | Alan Bennett: my secret fight with cancer
Bennett, now 71, says he discovered he had cancer of the colon in 1997 and was told he had a 50-50 chance of survival, though it later emerged the real prognosis was only about one in five.
Bennett, whose tumour was described to him as being 'the size of an average rock bun', insists he has no intention of sensationalising his illness.
Bennett says 'there is something not right' about care homes and suggests that staff fail to feed patients properly or to notice when elderly residents, predominantly women, are not feeding themselves.
observer.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,6903,1577919,00.html?gusrc=rss   (800 words)

  
 Interview with Alan Bennett
The son of a Yorkshire butcher, Bennett may be wishing against wish for a good honest job that bloodies the hands.
Young Alan sought glamour in Leeds' double-decker trams, musty mystery in the artifacts of Grandma's parlor.
It begged for a wit that evokes nostalgia and distress, and Bennett became its not-quite-lyric poet: the bard of the drab.
www.yessirnigel.com /bennett.html   (1006 words)

  
 Independent Online Edition > News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The normally reclusive Alan Bennett, one of the country's most respected playwrights, yesterday stunned friends and colleagues by revealing that he had battled colon cancer for years.
Bennett said that his tumour had been "the size of an average rock bun" and that medics had given his chances of survival as about one-in-five.
Yet in his new autobiography, Untold Stories, Bennett writes: "Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore." A close group of friends managed to keep the illness a secret until now because he did not "want to die in the pages of a newspaper".
enjoyment.independent.co.uk /books/news/article314980.ece   (1030 words)

  
 The Sage Of The British Stage - Forbes.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This month Americans are being treated to the near simultaneous appearance of Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories ($27, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006), a collection of memoirs, diary entries and essays, and the original London cast of History Boys, on Broadway for a 20-week run.
Alongside all the froth there are wrenching pages on his mother’s madness and the familiar experience of taking responsibility for ill or aged parents, arranging for their care, and tracking their progress from the initial hospitalization to the abyss of dementia.
Bennett describes the numberless and often meaningless goodbyes—and his changing perspective on the attention given to his mother by health care workers, who initially appear condescending but in fact provide the physical intimacy and warmth that the family cannot.
www.forbes.com /2006/04/07/alan-bennett-theater-cz_rh_0407bookreview.html   (898 words)

  
 The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett is in WYP reviews.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Alan Scates plays Alan Bennett, the one that has contact with the cast, and Malcolm James who plays his conscience or alto ego.
Not a play for everyone, but the audience showed their appreciation at the end and went home turning over what they had seen and wondering why the stage plays never appear to be from same man they have seen on television and remember from the past.
It would be nice to see Alan Bennett tackle something different and put his considerable talents to a new challenge.
www.ba-education.demon.co.uk /for/entertainment/wyp/theladyinthevan.html   (400 words)

  
 Ropes & Gray LLP: Biographies: Alan Bennett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Alan Bennett is managing partner in the Washington, DC, office of Ropes & Gray and is also co-chair of the firm's Life Sciences Group.
Alan has served as outside counsel to a number of pharmaceutical and medical device firms, with a particular emphasis on issues within the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Upon graduating from law school, Alan served in the Office of the General Counsel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he was a trial and appellate lawyer and legal advisor to several FDA bureaus.
www.ropesgray.com /bios/bio_detail.aspx?SectionID=2&AttorneyID=000111903003   (284 words)

  
 screenonline: Bennett, Alan (1934-) Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
20/2/1975) were wistful, elegiac pieces, with Bennett drawing on his Yorkshire roots for the first time in his portraits of, respectively, a Halifax cycling club in 1911 and an elderly couple (based on his parents) retiring to Morecambe but feeling indelibly homesick for Leeds.
Alan Bennett observes staff and guests at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate
Alan Bennett's parallel study of Kafka the man and a Kafkaesque situation
www.screenonline.org.uk /people/id/504794   (1048 words)

  
 Essay or Coursework : Discuss Alan Bennett's use of the monologue form in 'A Lady of Letters' and its effect on a ...
Essay or Coursework : Discuss Alan Bennett's use of the monologue form in 'A Lady of Letters' and its effect on a television audience.
Discuss Alan Bennett's use of the monologue form in 'A Lady of Letters' and its effect on a television audience.
Bennett uses lighting to a great effect by creating a dim or bright room to suit the character's mood.
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 An Englishman Abroad - Alan Bennett
Bennett first wrote a TV script based on the material; the 1983 film then actually starred Coral Browne, playing herself (with Alan Bates as Burgess).
In writing the play Bennett was able to rely on Burgess' letters to Browne, as well as "her original notes of his measurements and even his cheque (uncashed and for £ 6)".
Bennett notes that: "The original script of the television film was quite close to the version now presented on the stage."
www.complete-review.com /reviews/bennetta/eabroad.htm   (635 words)

  
 Alan M. Bennett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Alan M. Bennett is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aetna Inc. In this position, he leads all of the Corporation's financial activities.
Bennett was Vice President and General Manager with full P&L responsibility for the Company's 62 retail truck, tire and battery centers located in 32 states.
Bennett holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
www.aetna.com /presscenter/bennett.htm   (248 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Alan Bennett reveals cancer fight
Playwright Alan Bennett has revealed his private fight against cancer, but dismissed the illness as a "bore".
Bennett's rise to fame began in 1960 when he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival alongside Dudley Moore, Peter Cooke and Jonathan Miller.
Bennett went on to write many plays, forging a reputation as one of the UK's finest monologue writers.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/entertainment/4277976.stm   (266 words)

  
 Diana and Alan Bennett
Alan wrote, “I have always seen in my mind’s eye, a phoenix rising from the ashes with renewed vigor to live through another cycle.
Alan told us, “It seems that the possibilities are endless, as we modify and introduce other equipment into the experiments.
What excites Alan is that, “this new approach is only now possible with the advancement in electronics and the related computer technologies.
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 Bennett, Allan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
(Charles Henry) Allan Bennett was a British occultist as well as one time teacher of Aleister Crowley when they both were members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Bennett's inclination was more toward mysticism than occultism.
Bennett was born in London but orphaned at an early age and was adopted by S. Mathew Mathers who eventually initiated him into the Golden Dawn where he became known as Frater Iehi Aour "Let there be light." He was educated at Hollesly College, and at Bath, England with an interest in scientific research.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/b/bennett_allan.html   (391 words)

  
 Strange Surfaces: New Ideas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In 1995 Alan Bennett, a retired glass-blower, became interested in Klein bottles and was in a unique position to satisfy his curiosity.
This is one of a series of glass Klein bottles made by Alan Bennett for the Science Museum.
In the series Alan Bennett made Klein bottles analogous to Mobius strips with odd numbers of twists greater than one.
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk /on-line/surfaces/new.asp   (138 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Untold Stories: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Mr Bennett writes his life with the unwavering honesty of a dying man (he thought he was, but fortunately for all of us he's still around).
And the overall picture of Bennett himself that emerges through his depiction of his parents is all the more fascinating because of the sense of intimacy his writing creates between this shy and very private individual and the reader.
As one discovers half way through, Bennett didn't think he had long to live when he was writing Untold Stories, which probably accounts for the especially intimate and personal reflection.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0571228305   (767 words)

  
 Bennett Madison :: ALAN Online :: The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Founded in November 1973, ALAN is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are particularly interested in the area of young adult literature.
ALAN, which is self-governing, holds its annual meetings during the NCTE annual convention in November and also publishes The ALAN Review.
In addition, in 2000 ALAN created the Hipple Award in honor of longtime Executive Secretary Ted Hipple, whose service led to the creation of the award for dedicated service to the organization.
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 About the Author:  Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett was a sailor by vocation whose passion, or "raison d'être," turned to astronomy after he and a co-worker experienced an unexplained phenomenon at sea in November 1975.
Alan's beliefs on the deeper meaning of the solar geometries are shared on the Perspectives page.
The work shown in this site is original, but Alan believed that others before him have had the same insights into the solar system and that this knowledge has been long since lost.
solargeometry.com /Bennett.htm   (316 words)

  
 Playwright Alan Bennett battles cancer -- Queer Lesbian Gay News -- Gay.com
Gay.com > News > Playwright Alan Bennett battles cancer -- Alan Bennett has admitted he is recovering from colon cancer, after being told by doctors in 1997 that he had only a 50 percent chance of survival.
Alan Bennett has admitted he is recovering from colon cancer, after being told by doctors in 1997 that he had only a 50 percent chance of survival.
In his new memoir, serialized by the Daily Telegraph this weekend, the playwright has made his most open statements about his sexuality, admitting that moving in his partner to help him recover was "the most blessed" mercy of the illness.
www.gay.com /news/article.html?2005/09/26/4   (466 words)

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