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angry young man

1. One of a group of 20th-century British authors whose works expressed disillusionment with conventional society. In this usage, the phrase is often capitalized. This author is considered an Angry Young Man, so what kinds of themes can we expect to find in this book?
2. By extension, a young man who rebels against traditional values and society. He's an angry young man, protesting against a government he thinks is unjust.
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angry young man

a young man who feels and expresses anger at the conventional values of the society around him.
Originally, this term referred to a member of a group of socially conscious writers in Britain in the 1950s, in particular the playwright John Osborne. The phrase, the title of a book ( 1951 ) by Leslie Paul , was used of Osborne in the publicity material for his play Look Back in Anger ( 1956 ), in which the characteristic views of the angry young men were articulated by the anti-hero Jimmy Porter .
See also: angry, man, young
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The play spawned the term 'angry young men' to describe Osborne and those of his generation who employed the harshness of realism in the theatre in contrast to the more escapist theatre that characterised the previous generation.
Exploring fiction produced in Britain during the 1950s, scholars cover a decade of change; "the choices of Master Samwise:" rethinking 1950s fiction; angry young men: a product of their time; "mere bird-watching indeed:" feminist anthropology and 1950s female fiction; "Is it a queer book:" re-reading the 1950s homosexual novel; a vision of the future: race and anti-racism in 1950s fiction; detective fiction and the prose of everyday life: Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, and Gladys Mitchell in the 1950s; and chance in the canon: uncertainty and the literary establishment of the 1950s.
Officials said that the vehicle was surrounded by a crowd of angry young men, some of whom fell beneath the jeep-like car when they tried to pull the soldiers out and lynch them.
A Angry Young Men B Happy Little Elves C Vicious Old Dogs D Angry Old Men
In other words: "Thankfully sonny, the older you get the more right-wing you become, meaning these angry young men will soon be voting Tory.
Mohammad Ali,resident of village Alipur Dera,was attending marriage of Mohammad Saleem when his nephews including Ramzan, Adnan and Zaman quarreled with him over some family matter.The angry young men tortured Mohammad Ali to death and fled away.
The Prodigy are in their 40s but they are still angry young men.
From meeting nomads to experiencing a session of 'throat singing' (sounds a bit like gargling to us), she gracefully visits a gold mine and a giant statue of Genghis Khan before, er, rushing off to Russia The Outcast BBC1, 9pm There are Angry Young Men, and then there's Lewis (George Mackay, left, with Daisy Bevan).
The show is designed to capture viewer's attention with some of the best dialogues and lyrics from The show begins this June and will cover almost every genre of Bollywood cinema -- from the angry young men to romantic heroes,and from iconic villains to unforgettable mothers.The show will recall famous characters, films and scenes, most of who are already etchedfirmly in Watch this space for more on 'Jaane Pehchaane'.
Three things that all of those countries have in common are: vast natural resources, arbitrary borders, and many angry young men. The latter two are legacies from the former Soviet era.
This is the central message of this fantastic stage adaptation, a modern take on the 1959 novel by Alan Sillitoe - a defining piece of work from the era of 'Angry Young Men'.
AGRIM and startling picture of a "dreadful level of crime" resulting in a "flood of angry young men" crowding Britain's Borstal institutions, was presented by Lord Mancroft, Minister Without Portfolio, in the House of Lords last night.
The 'Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity' package celebrates a new exhibit, 'Picasso, Miro, Dali, Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity', at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.
They may not be the angry young men high on attitude and libido they were in the 70s and 80s, but the four piece still know how to get a crowd going - even if the fans themselves are, for the most part, the wrong side of 40.
" At first, I played angry young men. Then I got tagged as someone good at playing emotional characters, Sushant said.