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John Osborne’s considerable output includes, besides his plays, a comparatively unsuccessful musical comedy about a gossip columnist with a dual personality, The World of Paul Slickey, and a series of dramatic scripts for television: A Subject of Scandal and Concern (1960, originally A Matter of Scandal and Concern); The Right Prospectus (1970); Very Like a Whale (1971); The Gift of Friendship (1972); Ms.: Or, Jill and Jack (1974, later published as Jill and Jack); The End of Me Old Cigar (1975); Try a Little Tenderness (1978); and You’re Not Watching Me, Mummy (1980). He adapted several plays and a novel for the stage and wrote the screenplays for several of his own plays. His adaptation of Tom Jones (1963) from Henry Fielding’s novel earned for him an Academy Award in 1964. He also wrote A Better Class of Person: An Autobiography, 1929-1956 (1981), and the second volume, titled Almost a Gentleman: An Autobiography, Volume Two, 1955-1966 (1991), covering his life to 1966.