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A Gallery to Play toThe Story of the Mersey Poets$
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Phil Bowen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312496

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The Fifties and the Beginning of the Liverpool Scene

The Fifties and the Beginning of the Liverpool Scene

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(p.5) 1 The Fifties and the Beginning of the Liverpool Scene
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A Gallery to Play to
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312496.003

Between 1956 and 1958, Britain saw the emergence of a new and controversial ‘angry generation’ fuelled by three closely connected events. John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court in London on May 8, 1956, followed by the publication of Colin Wilson's book The Outsider. Both men would be linked with Kingsley Amis, who created a new anti-hero, described as a ‘thoroughly cross young man’, in his novel Lucky Jim. The Angry Young Men, primarily concerned with intellectual restrictions, appeared on the scene around the time of the Suez Crisis and vanished after Harold Macmillan's election victory in 1959, a period also characterised by the rise of Elvis Presley and rock 'n' roll. In Liverpool, John Lennon formed a group called the Quarrymen, while Roger McGough came home from Hull University.

Keywords:   Britain, Liverpool, Angry Young Men, Harold Macmillan, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Roger McGough, John Osborne, Colin Wilson, Kingsley Amis

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