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Kenneth Tynan

Date de naissance: 2. avril 1927
Date de décès: 26. juillet 1980

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer , he praised Osborne's Look Back in Anger , and encouraged the emerging wave of British theatrical talent. In 1963, Tynan was appointed as the new National Theatre Company's literary manager.

An opponent of theatre censorship, Tynan was considered by many to be the first person to say "fuck" on British television , which was controversial at the time. Later in his life, he settled in California, where he resumed his writing career.

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Citations Kenneth Tynan

„Show me a congenital eavesdropper with the instincts of a peeping Tom, and I will show you the makings of a dramatist.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
Context: Useless, of course, to point out that the genesis of good plays is hardly ever abstract; that it tends, on the contrary, to be something as concrete and casual as a glance intercepted, a remark overheard, or an insignificant news item buried at the bottom of page three. Yet it is by trivialities like these that the true playwright's blood is fired. They spur him to story-telling; they bring on the narrative fit that is his glory and his basic credential. Show me a congenital eavesdropper with the instincts of a peeping Tom, and I will show you the makings of a dramatist. Only the makings, of course: curiosity about people is merely the beginning of the road to the masterpiece: but if that curiosity is sustained you will find, when the rules have been mastered and the end has been reached, that a miracle has happened. Pausing on the Stairs (1957)<!-- also quoted in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (2014 edition) -->

„People have always needed art: but why have they needed it?“

—  Kenneth Tynan
Context: People have always needed art: but why have they needed it? And what shaped the forms by which they satisfied their need? … In the arts form tends to be conservative, and content to be revolutionary; it is novelty of content that precedes, demands and imposes novelty of form. Review of The Necessity of Art (1959) by Ernest Fischer

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„Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
Context: Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source. Both draw on human experience to explain mankind to itself; both attempt, in very different ways, to assemble coherence from seemingly unrelated phenomena; both stand guard for us against chaos.

„That you should disagree with me I can understand, but that you should resent my expressing my opinions is something that frankly amazes me.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
Context: I believe in neither a director’s nor a writer’s theatre, but a theatre of intelligent audiences. I count myself as a member of an intelligent audience, and I wrote to you as such. That you should disagree with me I can understand, but that you should resent my expressing my opinions is something that frankly amazes me. I thought we had outgrown the idea of theatre as a mystic rite born of secret communion between author, director, actors and an empty auditorium. Letter to George Devine (10 March 1964), printed in Kenneth Tynan : A Life by Dominic Shellard<!-- Yale University Press, 2003, --> , p. 292

„I believe in neither a director’s nor a writer’s theatre, but a theatre of intelligent audiences.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
Context: I believe in neither a director’s nor a writer’s theatre, but a theatre of intelligent audiences. I count myself as a member of an intelligent audience, and I wrote to you as such. That you should disagree with me I can understand, but that you should resent my expressing my opinions is something that frankly amazes me. I thought we had outgrown the idea of theatre as a mystic rite born of secret communion between author, director, actors and an empty auditorium. Letter to George Devine (10 March 1964), printed in Kenneth Tynan : A Life by Dominic Shellard<!-- Yale University Press, 2003, --> , p. 292

„Any country that has sexual censorship will eventually have political censorship.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
As quoted in "Critic Kenneth Tynan Has Mellowed But Is Still England's Stingingest Gadfly" by Godfrey Smith in The New York Times (9 January 1966) http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/05/10/specials/tynan-gadfly.html

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„No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
As quoted in "Critic Kenneth Tynan Has Mellowed But Is Still England's Stingingest Gadfly" by Godfrey Smith in The New York Times (9 January 1966)

„A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.“

—  Kenneth Tynan
As quoted in "Critic Kenneth Tynan Has Mellowed But Is Still England's Stingingest Gadfly" by Godfrey Smith in The New York Times (9 January 1966)<!-- perhaps also The New York Times (1 December 1963 ? -->

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