Osborne first gained acclaim in 1956 for the play Look Back in Anger. He went on to write many other succesful works, including The Entertainer, Epitaph for George Dillon, Inadmissible Evidence, and Luther, which won the 1964 Tony Award for Best Play. Heilpern's biography is the first one informed by the playwright's secret notebooks, in which he recorded his otherwise hidden anguish and immobilizing depression.
Heilpern, who was born in England, is also the author of Conference of the Birds, which details a journey by director Peter Brook and a group of actors across the African desert. He is currently the drama critic for The New York Observer.
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