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John Lennon

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B. John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, d. 8 December 1980, New York City, New York, USA. John Winston Ono Lennon has been exhumed in print more ...

Heidi Chronicles

Heidi Chronicles  

A: Wendy Wasserstein Pf: 1988, Seattle (workshop production); 1988, New York Pb: 1990 G: Com. in 2 acts S: New York, 1977–89; Chicago, 1965, 1974; Manchester, New Hampshire, 1968; Ann Arbor, ...
satire

satire  

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The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. The word comes ...
pornography

pornography  

Explicit depiction, in pictures, writing, or other material, of sexual subjects or activity in a manner intended to arouse. It does not include material intended for other educational, artistic or ...
Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg  

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(1926–1997)US poet and leading figure of the Beat group of writers, who first came to prominence in the 1950s.The son of poor Jewish immigrants from Russia, Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, ...
Beatles, The

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...The , a popular music group from Liverpool consisting of George Harrison ( 1943–  ), John Lennon ( 1940–80 ), Paul McCartney ( 1942–  ), and Ringo Starr ( 1940–  ), which enjoyed enormous international acclaim from 1963 until it disbanded in 1970 . Lennon and McCartney composed most of the group's repertoire, showing increasingly innovative melodic and lyrical abilities as their careers progressed. In 1965 each of the members was awarded the MBE. Their work took on a markedly experimental character in the Revolver album of 1966 . ...

Kennedy, Adrienne

Kennedy, Adrienne (1931– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...the most notable of her many subsequent plays are Evening with Dead Essex ( 1973 ), A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White ( 1976 ), She Talks to Beethoven ( 1988 ), and The Deadly Triplets ( 1990 ). Her other works include The Lennon Play: In His Own Write ( 1967 ), a dramatic adaptation of John Lennon's writings, and Sun: A Poem for Malcolm X Inspired By his Murder ( 1968 ). An autobiography, People Who Led to My Plays ( 1987 ), maintains the surreal quality which underlies much of her...

legend

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

...to fanciful tales of warriors (e.g. King Arthur and his knights), criminals (e.g. Faust , Robin Hood ), and other sinners; or more recently to those bodies of biographical rumour and embroidered anecdote surrounding dead film stars and rock musicians ( Judy Garland , John Lennon , etc.). Adjective : legendary . See also folklore...

The Beatles

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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2006
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...possible for rock and roll. From Liverpool to the World Like all myths in pop music, the early days of the Beatles are to some degree shrouded in mystery and mystification. John Winston Lennon ( 1940–1980 ) was the group's founding member, and something like its artistic and moral conscience. As a student at the Quarry Bank High School for Boys in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton , Lennon founded a skiffle (folk music with blues and jazz influences) band in March 1957 with the name the Quarry Men. Paul McCartney (born 1942 ) joined the band shortly...

Olds, Peter

Olds, Peter (1944– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

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Current Version:
2006
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Literature
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307 words

...alienation from a consumerist, technological society, and there is a confessional aspect when he treats his experience in psychiatric institutions. Later poems tend to be a hallucinatory collage, but music remains a strong influence, with references made to Tom Waits and John Lennon . Noel...

Biography

Biography   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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1,628 words

...and Cleopatra. Some biographers specialize in particular fields: Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan bring expertise, a lively style, and a taste for primary research to their works on artists, while Elizabeth Partridge looks at musical subjects, such as Woody Guthrie and John Lennon , whose cultural significance extends far beyond their recordings. The old standby of collective biographies continues to offer opportunities for both inventive synthesis and staid cataloguery. Russell Freedman's Indian Chiefs ( 1987 ) remains one of the best examples of...

London

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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Literature, Society and culture
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76,697 words

...seem terribly interested in my Stiff Little Fingers white label (twenty‐five quid to you—I paid seventeen for it in 1986 ) or my mono copy of Blonde On Blonde .I get by because of the people who make a special effort to shop here Saturdays—young men, always young men, with John Lennon specs and leather jackets and armfuls of square carrier bags—and because of the mail order: I advertise in the back of the glossy rock magazines, and get letters from young men, always young men, in Manchester and Glasgow and Ottawa, young men who seem to spend a...

Beatles, the

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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105 words

...George Harrison , John Lennon , Paul McCartney , and ‘Ringo Starr ’), whose songs and lifestyle, from 1962 until their break‐up in 1970 , attracted a vast following. Many of their lyrics (e.g. ‘Penny Lane’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘She's Leaving Home’) have been highly praised, and they had a considerable influence on the success of the Liverpool poets and the underground poetry movement. Philip Larkin described their work as ‘an enchanting and intoxicating hybrid of Negro rock‐and‐roll with their own adolescent romanticism’. John Lennon was murdered in...

Beatles, the

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Literature
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115 words

...the A group of young musicians from Liverpool ( George Harrison , John Lennon , Paul McCartney , and ‘Ringo’ Starr ), whose songs and lifestyle, from 1962 until their break‐up in 1970 , attracted a vast following. Many of their lyrics (e.g. ‘Penny Lane’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘She's Leaving Home’) have been highly praised, and they had a considerable influence on the success of the Liverpool poets and the underground poetry movement. Philip Larkin described their work as ‘an enchanting and intoxicating hybrid of Negro rock‐and‐roll with their own...

Kennedy, Adrienne

Kennedy, Adrienne (1931)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Current Version:
2002
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1,909 words

...in Kuntu Drama: Plays of the African Continuum ( 1974 ). Controversy surrounded the writing of The Lennon Play: In His Own Write , a project for which Kennedy was hired, but whose authorship she eventually shared with John Lennon and Victor Spinetti. Real and fictionalized accounts of her experiences while writing this play are contained in Deadly Triplets . The play was first produced in 1967 as “Act I Scene 3,” opening as The Lennon Play: In His Own Write on 18 June 1968 at the National Theater, London. It was published in Best Short Plays...

Mailer, Norman

Mailer, Norman   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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5,889 words

...White Negro.” Tabbi, Joseph . Postmodern Sublime: Technology and American Writing from Mailer to Cyberpunk . Ithaca, N.Y., 1995. Discusses Mailer's ambivalent attitude toward technology. Whalen-Bridge, John . Political Fiction and the American Self . Urbana, Ill., 1998. Subtle examination of Mailer's relationship to American mythologies. by J. Michael ...

Ginsberg, Allen

Ginsberg, Allen   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Literature
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3,437 words

...these trips, featuring Kral Majales , written about the May King experience, and the memorable Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber . By the mid-1960s, the next counterculture movement was in motion, extremely influenced by its forebears. (In fact, John Lennon is said to have insisted on a spelling change from Beetles to Beatles to show his respect for Ginsberg and Kerouac.) Ginsberg and Cassady had become involved with Ken Kesey 's Merry Pranksters and, consequently, the Grateful Dead and Hell's Angels . Before long, Ginsberg...

Beatles, the

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

...the a pop and rock group from Liverpool consisting of George Harrison , John Lennon , Paul McCartney , and Ringo Starr...

Semolina Pilchard

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Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

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2011

...coined by John Lennon for Detective Sergeant Norman ‘Nobby’ Pilcher ( b.1936 ), of Scotland Yard 's drugs squad. The words ‘semolina pilchard’ appear in the Beatles' song ‘I Am the Walrus’ ( 1967 ). Pilcher is also said to have been caricatured as ‘Spiny Norman’ in Monty Python's ‘Piranha Brothers’ sketch ( 1970 ). The detective made a name for himself by pursuing high-profile rock stars on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs, including Donovan and members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones . Some of those he arrested, notably Lennon, claimed that...

Maharishi

Maharishi   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...(Sanskrit, ‘great sage and poet’) A Hindu spiritual teacher. The best-known outside India is the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( c.1917–2007 ), who founded transcendental meditation and introduced it to the West. In 1967–8 he was a guru to The beatles until a disillusioned John Lennon satirized him in the song ‘Sexy Sadie’ ( 1968...

Spanner

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...who ‘throws a spanner in the works’ deliberately sabotages a plan or enterprise or spoils a scheme by creating difficulties or obstructions designed to promote failure, as some machinery can be wrecked by literally throwing a spanner or piece of metal into the moving parts. John Lennon ’s punningly titled A Spaniard in the Works ( 1965 ) was a bestselling collection of stories and drawings. Box spanner See under box...

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