Banham, Martin. Osborne. Edinburgh, Scotland: Oliver and Boyd, 1969. Contains discerning essays on Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer, and nine other plays. Rich with material for further inquiry, especially when compared with later work. Complemented by a list of first British productions and a select bibliography.
Brien, Alan. “Snot or Not?” Review of Almost a Gentleman. New Statesman Society 4 (November 15, 1991): 47. In this review of Osborne’s second volume of his autobiography, Brien’s premise is that an “autobiography is not history. It is a form of entertainment.” He finds Osborne’s work hostile but valuable. Brien was one of the few defenders of Osborne’s aggressively straightforward second volume.
Denison, Patricia D., ed. John Osborne: A Casebook. New York: Garland, 1997. Several essays critically examine Osborne’s body of work, focusing on his form and technique, the construction of gender, and the relationships between his life and plays.
Ferrar, Harold. John Osborne. New York: Columbia University Press, 1973. This booklet on Osborne’s first fifteen years of output discusses Look Back in Anger, A Bond Honored, The Hotel in Amsterdam, and other more obscure works. Brief select bibliography.
Gilleman, Luc. John Osborne: Vituperative Artist. New York: Routledge, 2002. Provides criticism and analysis of Osborne’s life and works. Bibliography and index.
Hayman, Ronald. John Osborne. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1972. A volume in the World Dramatists series, which specializes in a factual overview, with play-by-play chapters, copious notes on stage productions, cast lists, and a careful chronology. Index.
Heilpern, John. John Osborne: The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Selections from Osborne’s journals and letters pepper this fascinating, extensive biography of the playwright. Includes a bibliography and index.
Hinchliffe, Arnold P. British Theatre, 1950-1970. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1974. The best book for putting Osborne in the context of the total revolutionary movement, written when the movement was preparing for the second wave of playwrights. Particularly articulate on European influences, the Theater of the Absurd, and the relation of a national theater to the themes of Osborne and his contemporaries. Select bibliography.
Hinchliffe, Arnold P. John Osborne. Boston: Twayne, 1984. A general introduction to Osborne, with an oddly dated discussion of his most influential works, and not much new. Chronology, index, and bibliography.