GEORGE: An Early Autobiography by Emlyn Williams

GEORGE: An Early Autobiography

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is an intimate record of the youth of the Welsh playwright-actor which brings him to his first appearance before professional footlights. Son of a housemaid and a stoker, he knew a lonely childhood in Flintshire, finding escape in imaginary projections and in reading (where the English language presented peculiar misunderstandings) and the conflict between his Mam and Dad drove him deeper into his enclosed worlds. Alone even when he achieved the county school, he was wakened to exertion and interest by the no-nonsense of Miss Cooke who, in promoting his ability in French, was the means of his studying in France and, eventually, his acceptance at Oxford, where all that was theatrical became his particular province. The recall here is prodigious, the detail overwhelming and the association with Miss Cooke the sturdy roots of his play The Corn is Green. Scenes, incidents, characters, the widening break between his home and his future, and his constant escape pattern develop a fascinating identity-search. This is much more than a career history, it is more exactly an absorbing performance.

Pub Date: April 11th, 1961
Publisher: Random House