What the Butler Saw - Research Article from World Literature and Its Times

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 18 pages of information about What the Butler Saw.
This section contains 5,415 words
(approx. 19 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the What the Butler Saw Encyclopedia Article

by Joe Orton

The eldest of four children, Joe Orton was born to working-class parents in Leicester, England, on January 1, 1933, as John Kingsley Orton. After Joe failed his 11 plus exam, his mother, Elsie, sent him to the local Clark’s College, a secretarial school, after which Joe worked for two years as a clerk. He hated clerking but developed an interest in acting, participating in a local amateur dramatic society. In 1951 Orton won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, where he met his lifelong partner, Kenneth Halliwell. Together with Halliwell, Orton embarked upon a largely unsuccessful literary collaboration during the 1950s. In 1962 their collaboration came to an end when Orton and Halliwell were sentenced to six months imprisonment for defacing library books in north London’s Islington Library. Prison represented a turning point for Orton. “Being in...

(read more)

This section contains 5,415 words
(approx. 19 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the What the Butler Saw Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
World Literature and Its Times
What the Butler Saw from World Literature and Its Times. ©2008 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook