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    Orton in the Archives

    Cook, Matt (2008) Orton in the Archives. History Workshop Journal 66 (1), pp. 163-179. ISSN 1363-3554.

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    Abstract

    This paper reflects on what archives at Boston University, the British Library, the University of Leicester and Islington Library can tell us about the legacy of the playwright Joe Orton, and in particular about how his infamous diary was shaped for the consumption of others first by Orton himself, and then by his agent Peggy Ramsay and biographer John Lahr. Ramsay and Lahr's stewardship of the diary, I argue, reflects the particular social and cultural climate in which they were operating.

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