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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.
See also: angry, man, young

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 term Angry Young Man was originally applied to John Osborne, by the English Stage Company publicist George Fearon, following the 1956 stage release of Look Back in Anger (Rebellato, 1999: 116).
When the play's 26-year-old author John Osborne was described in print as an "angry young man," the label was extended to all his contemporaries who expressed a rage at the persistence of class distinctions, a pride in their lower-class mannerisms, and a dislike for anything highbrow or "phoney."
1 ( ANI ): The megastar Amitabh Bachchan has been dethroned by Shah Rukh Khan, the 'Badshah' of Bollywood, as the most followed Indian actor on Twitter and the 'angry young man' is not happy about it.
I was an angry young man 12 months ago - not angry at anyone in particular, but I was a ticking timebomb, which I had been for two or three years.
The unfinished novel has been given new life by Hollyoaks writer Lucy Gough, a wise move by the company because while the story is still relevant today - angry young man swaps the Welsh countryside for the bright lights of London - her name immediately makes it accessible to younger generations.
"I am too old to be still an angry young man" - Film director Sir Alan Parker, 68.
True, while fulminating against the political class, Kejriwal might appear a bit of a caricature: at best an Amitabh Bachchan style Angry Young Man of the 1970s and in his more over- the- top moments, a Nana Patekar- sque Angry Mad Man of the 1990s.
HATEM BEN ARFA has gone from angry young man to French supersub with a transformation made in Newcastle.
Can one girl juggle the politics of the Stork Society, find new friends, and battle her crush on an angry young man with secrets while keeping secrets of her own?
Christopher Rose, defending, said: "There is clearly something of the angry young man about this defendant, it may be to do with the fact he had not, from a very young age, had a relationship with his father."
Directed by chief executive and artistic director of Northern Stage, Erica Whyman, Look Back in Anger tells the story of Jimmy Porter, a disillusioned graduate and the original 'angry young man'.
"What we are trying to explain is that he was not a tearaway or an angry young man, he was a gentle giant who was loved by all who knew him.
ONCE the angry young man of rock, Paul Weller's music has certainly mellowed with age, yet his passion for writing and performing fantastic tunes is as strong as ever.
The man who sang My Generation and Pinball Wizard is now 61 - but he is very much an angry young man at heart.
I ONCE knew an angry young man - all snake hips, Marlboro smoke and long blonde hair like spun gold - who said: 'Marriage is what couples do when they have run out of things to talk about.'