angry young man


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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).
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It is safe to assume that Mr Blair will not be losing too much sleep over the activities of a former Monty Python star, a serial Marxist, a playwright who was once an angry young man and the ubiquitous Boris Johnson.
He went on to say that his description of burning villages and machine-gunning women and children as "war crimes" was "over the top"--just the bluster of an angry young man.
Other stand-outs included a be-bop Mr Soft and the angry young man sentiments of It Wasn't Me a little-known song from the Best Years Of Our Lives album, which Steve insists he's never played live before.
He describes his after-combat self as possessing an "intense skepticism about official utterances of any sort, military, political, ecclesiastical, or academic," and says that he was "angry at the whole postwar atmosphere of public misrepresentation and fatuous optimism " Back again at Pomona College and then on to Harvard for graduate school, Fussell was "now convinced that my duty was criticism, meaning not carping, but the perpetual obligation of evaluation" In effect, Fussell's life's work of critically studying people and the language they're enmeshed in is that of an angry young man growing old, but not soft.
The demigod status of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand -- beyond of the individual image they portrayed -- was about cashing in on the optimism ruling a newly- Independent nation just as Amitabh Bachchan's angry young man avatar took over in the seventies, an era of simmering discontent.
The cult of youth is coming and the Danish Prince is a rebel with a cause - the original angry young man.
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He has developed physically and matured mentally, transforming himself from an angry young man into a well-balanced star who still has his best years ahead.
Despite this play being about an angry young man, it really does show a wonderfully complex female friendship between Alison and Helena.
I had assumed from his vitriolic abuse of me (Voice of the North, March 13) that he was an angry young man.
Featuring contributions from angry young man John Lydon himself.
The man credited with inventing the phrase Angry Young Man was the press officer of the Royal Court Theatre, George Fearon, but it wasn't until an article in the Evening Standard referred to that 'angry young man, John Osborne' in July 1956, two months after the opening of his play Look Back In Anger, that the name seemed to stick.