28th May 1956: AN ANGRY YOUNG MAN PUBLISHES 'THE OUTSIDER'
In May 1956 the London newspapers
and the Royal Court Theatre created a myth out of a generation of
writers, calling them 'Angry Young Men'.
Within a few weeks of the opening of a play
LOOK BACK IN ANGER by John Osborne another young working class writer, Colin
Wilson, published a book called THE OUTSIDER. Hailed by the press
as a genius, as England's answer to the French existentialist philosophers
and writers, he was thrown in with Osborne as part of the new movement.
To these were soon added writers like Alan Sillitoe, Kingsley Amis,
Arnold Wesker, even Harold Pinter and Doris Lessing.
we agree with him or not, Colin Wilson has to be one of the
most challenging and stimulating writers of the last half
“Part of a long overdue reassessment.”
Dederrida (Amazon reviewer)
“The individual who has
a sense of detachment from the norms of his or her society
must not fall prey to cynicism or hero-worship, but instead
use this sense of alienation as the starting point for values
and myths of one’s own invention, the true ‘outsider’
of which Wilson speaks.”