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Explain the "Angry Young Man Movement" in "Look Back in Anger."

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Posted April 27, 2011 at 12:38 AM via web

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Explain the "Angry Young Man Movement" in "Look Back in Anger."

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kc4u | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted June 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM (Answer #1)

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The phrase "angry young men", taken from the title of Leslie Allen Paul's autobiography, Angry Young Man(1951) is applied to a group of English writers of the 1950s of the 1950s whose works are characterized by vigorous social protest, scorn and disaffection and whose heroes share certain rebellious and critical attitudes toward society.The Angry Young Men were a new breed of intellectuals who were mostly of working class or lower middle-class background.This term obtained currency with the production of John Osborne's play, Look Back in Anger (1956). The group not only expressed discontent with the hypocritical institutions of English society—the so-called Establishment—but betrayed disillusionment with itself and with its own achievements. Included among the angry young men were the playwrights John Osborne and Arnold Wesker and the novelists Kingsley Amis, John Braine, John Wain, and Alan Sillitoe. One of a group of English writers protest.

The trend that was evident in John Wain’s novel Hurry on Down(1953) became more prominent in Kingsley Amis's novel Lucky Jim (1954), and was finally crystallized in 1956 in Osborne's play Look Back in Anger, which became the representative work of the movement.


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