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17 People in sitter grouping: Angry young men

The term Angry Young Men was first used to describe the writer John Osborne, following the success of his hugely influential play Look Back in Anger (1956). This collective noun would come to represent a wide array of novelists and playwrights, although they themselves had little desire to be grouped together. An all male group (except for Angry Young Woman Shelagh Delaney, best known for A Taste of Honey (1958)), their works would come to be known as Kitchen Sink dramas, expressive of the contempt and dissatisfaction these working class intellectuals felt for the post-war British society of the time. Their protagonists’ disillusionment and frustration with what they felt was the outdated class system and the hypocrisy of the upper classes, would come to represent the dominant literary genre of the 1950s.

Kingsley Amis

1922-1995
Novelist
Sitter in 31 portraits

Lindsay Anderson

1923-1994
Film, television and stage director
Sitter in 9 portraits

John Arden

1930-2012
Playwright
Sitter in 1 portrait

Stanley Barstow

1928-2011
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait

Edward Bond

1934-
Playwright and director
Sitter in 7 portraits

John Gerard Braine

1922-1986
Novelist
Sitter in 3 portraits

Michael Hastings

1938-2011
Playwright
Sitter in 4 portraits

Bill Hopkins

1928-2011
Novelist
Sitter in 3 portraits

John Osborne

1929-1994
Playwright, autobiographer and actor
Sitter in 21 portraits

Harold Pinter

1930-2008
Playwright, actor and director
Sitter in 19 portraits

Alan Sillitoe

1928-2010
Writer
Sitter in 8 portraits

David Malcolm Storey

1933-
Writer and dramatist
Sitter in 2 portraits

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

1927-1980
Writer and critic
Sitter in 19 portraits

John Barrington Wain

1925-1994
Poet, critic and novelist
Sitter in 9 portraits

Keith Spencer Waterhouse

1929-2009
Novelist, playwright, and screenwriter
Sitter in 4 portraits

Sir Arnold Wesker

1932-
Playwright
Sitter in 15 portraits

Colin Henry Wilson

1931-2013
Writer
Sitter in 21 portraits