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Book Title: Luther|
The author of the book: John Osborne
Edition: New American Library/Signet (NYC)
Date of issue: October 1st 1963
ISBN 13: 9780451127877
Format files: PDF
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Luther is a play by John James Osborne that explored the forces that were involved in the life of the famous reformer. Osborne was influenced by Erik Erikson's book, Young Man Luther, which had been published 3 years prior in 1958. In the play, Luther's reputed constipation played a part in the course of Luther's life & career. Osborne takes Luther to task for his Against the Murderous, Thieving Hordes of Peasants (1525) & its call for vigorous suppression of the peasants in the Peasants' Revolt (1524-26). Osborne has Luther giving a philosophically & theologically good answer to the challenge, consistent with Luther's own thinking. This would seem to exculpate Osborne of any accusation of being totally one-sided against Luther. Luther seems to have been a disappointment to Osborne, since he could have followed thru in his life as a revolutionary. He does have Johann von Staupitz, although at a time when the historical person would have been dead at least a year, telling Luther: "We owe so much to you." The play was made into a film, starring Stacy Keach, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Hugh Griffith, Patrick Magee, & Robert Stephens in 1974.
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Read information about the authorJohn James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of The Establishment. The stunning success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of his language, not only on behalf of the political causes he supported but also against his own family, including his wives and children though they often gave as good as they got.
He came onto the theatrical scene at a time when British acting was enjoying a golden age, but most great plays came from the United States and France. British plays remained blind to the complexities of the postwar period. Osborne was one of the first writers to address Britain's purpose in the post-imperial age. He was the first to question the point of the monarchy on a prominent public stage. During his peak (1956-1966), he helped make contempt an acceptable and now even cliched onstage emotion, argued for the cleansing wisdom of bad behaviour and bad taste, and combined unsparing truthfulness with devastating wit.
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