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Alan Bennett was born in 1934 in Leeds. He studied at Exeter College, Oxford, then after a period of National Service, became a lecturer for a short time at Oxford University. He co-wrote and starred in Beyond the Fringe (1963), a satirical review, along with Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1960. Later the show travelled to the West End and to New York. After this, he started writing for the stage, and later, plays for television. To date he has been actor, director, broadcaster, and written for stage, television, radio and film. His work focuses on the everyday and the mundane; on people with typically British characteristics and obsessions.

His first stage play was Forty Years On (1969). Other well-known stage plays include Kafka's Dick (1987), The Wind In The Willows (1991), and The Madness of George III (1992).

His first work for television was a sketch show, On the Margin, and he also wrote the television series Fortunes of War. His first television play was A Day Out, followed by several more television plays, five for the BBC, published as Objects of Affection and Other Plays for TV (1982),and five for London Weekend Television, published as The Writer in Disguise (1985).  His two series of monologues for television, Talking Heads I (1988) and Talking Heads 2 (1998), proved Bennett to be the master of television monologue, a genre he had first anticipated in A Woman Of No Importance (1982) - his first play starring a single actress.

Alan Bennett has also written for radio, including The Lady In The Van (1990), an autobiographical memoir of a deranged woman who parked her car in his garden and stayed for 15 years; and films, including A Private Function (1984), Parson's Pleasure, Prick Up Your Ears (1987), and The Madness of King George (1994), for which he was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation.

Alan Bennett has won many prestigious awards for his writing. His prose collection Writing Home (1994), was followed by a sequel, Untold Stories, in 2005. His latest play, which won the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year is The History Boys (2004). The Uncommon Reader (2007), is a novella in which the Queen develops a taste for reading.

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Bibliography

Beyond the Fringe   French, 1963

Forty Years On   Faber and Faber, 1969

Getting On   Faber and Faber, 1972

Habeas Corpus   Faber and Faber, 1973

The Old Country   Faber and Faber, 1978

Enjoy   Faber and Faber, 1980

Office Suite: two one-act plays   (Contents: 'Green Forms'; 'Visit From Miss Prothero')   Faber and Faber, 1981

A Woman Of No Importance: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1982

Objects Of Affection and other plays for television   (Contents: 'Our Winnie'; 'A Woman Of No Importance'; 'Rolling Home'; 'Marks'; 'Say Something Happened'; 'A Day Out'; 'Intensive Care'; 'An Englishman Abroad')   BBC, 1982

Say Something Happened   French, 1982

A Private Function   (screenplay from the story by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray)   Faber and Faber, 1984

Forty Years On: Getting On: Habeas Corpus   (re-issued as Plays 1 with 'Enjoy'; 1996)   Faber and Faber, 1985

The Writer In Disguise   (contents: 'Me, I'm Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'; 'All Day On The Sands'; 'One Fine Day'; 'The Old Crowd'; 'Afternoon Off'; 'The Writer In Disguise')   Faber and Faber, 1985

Kafka's Dick   Faber and Faber, 1987

Prick Up Your Ears   (screenplay by Alan Bennett adapted from John Lahr's biography of Joe Orton)   Faber and Faber, 1987

Two Kafka Plays   (Contents: 'Kafka's Dick'; 'The Insurance Man')   Faber and Faber, 1987

A Chip In The Sugar: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1988

A Cream Cracker Under The Settee: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1988

A Lady of Letters: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1988

Bed Among The Lentils: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1988

Green Forms (from Office Suite)   French, 1988

Her Big Chance: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1988

Soldiering On: a monologue from Talking Heads   French, 1988

Talking Heads   (Contents: 'A Chip In The Sugar'; 'Bed Among The Lentils'; 'A Lady Of Letters'; 'Her Big Chance'; 'Soldiering On'; 'A Cream Cracker Under The Settee')   BBC Books, 1988

Visit From Miss Prothero   (from 'Office Suite')   French, 1988

Intensive Care and other plays   (edited by Michael Church; includes 'Intensive Care' by Alan Bennett)   Longman, 1989

Single Spies   (Contents: 'An Englishman Abroad'; 'A Question Of Attribution')   Faber and Faber, 1989

Poetry In Motion   Channel 4 TV, 1990

The Lady In The Van   London Review of Books, 1990

The Wind In The Willows   (adaptation for stage)   Faber and Faber, 1991

Poetry In Motion 2   Channel 4 TV, 1992

The Madness Of George III   Faber and Faber, 1992

The Madness Of King George   (screenplay based on stage play)   Faber and Faber, 1994

Writing Home   (Contents: 'Past And Present'; 'The Lady In The Van'; Diaries 1980-1990'; 'Prefaces To Plays'; 'Filming And Rehearsing'; 'Books And Writers'; 'Stocking Fillers')   Faber and Faber, 1994

Plays 2   (Contents: 'Kafka's Dick'; 'The Insurance Man'; 'The Old Country'; 'An Englishman Abroad'; 'A Question Of Attribution')   Faber and Faber, 1998

Talking Heads 2   (Contents: 'Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet'; 'The Hand Of God'; 'Playing Sandwiches'; 'The Outside Dog'; 'Nights In The Gardens Of Spain'; 'Waiting For The Telegram')   BBC Books, 1998

The Clothes They Stood Up In   Profile, 1998

The Complete Talking Heads (12 monologues and A Woman of No Importance)   BBC, 1998

Father! Father! Burning Bright   Profile, 2000

Telling Tales   BBC, 2000

An Englishman Abroad   , 2001

The Laying On Of Hands   London Review of Books, 2001

Me, I'm Afraid Of Virginia Woolf   (contents: 'A Day Out'; 'Sunset Across The Bay'; 'Visit From Miss Prothero'; 'Me, I'm Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'; 'Green Forms'; 'The Old Crowd'; 'Afternoon Off')   Faber and Faber, 2003

Rolling Home   (Contents: 'Our Winnie'; 'All Day On The Sands'; 'One Fine Day'; 'Marks'; 'Say Something Happened'; 'Rolling Home'; 'Intensive Care)   Faber and Faber, 2003

Three Stories   (Contents: 'Father! Father! Burning Bright', originally published as 'The Clothes They Stood Up In', 200; 'The Laying On Of Hands' (originally published 2001))   Profile, 2003

Loose Cannon: A Portrait of Brian Brindley   (with Ned Sherring and Damian Thompson)   Continuum International, 2004

The History Boys   Faber and Faber, 2004

Untold Stories   Faber and Faber, 2005

Four Stories   (content: 'Father! Father! Burning Bright'; 'The Clothes They Stood Up In'; 'The Lady in the Van'; 'The Laying on of Hands')   Profile, 2006

The History Boys   (screenplay)   Faber and Faber, 2006

The Uncommon Reader   (novella)   Profile, 2007

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Prizes and awards

1961   Evening Standard Award for Best Play   Beyond The Fringe

1962   New York Drama Critics Award (Special Citation)   Beyond The Fringe

1963   Tony Special Award   Beyond The Fringe

1967   BAFTA Comdey Award   On The Margin TV series

1968   Evening Standard Award   Forty Years On

1971   Evening Standard Award   Getting On

1977   Critics' Circle Award   The Old Country

1984   Broadcasting Press Guild Award   An Englishman Abroad

1984   Royal Television Society Award   An Englishman Abroad

1985   BAFTA (Best Film Award)   A Private Function

1985   BAFTA (Best Original Screenplay)   (nomination)   A Private Function

1986   LCCFA Best Screenwriter of the Year Award   A Private Function

1986   Royal Television Society Award   The Insurance Man

1988   BAFTA (Best Adapted Screenplay)   (nomination)   Prick Up Your Ears

1988   LCCCFA Best Screenwriter of the Year Award   Prick Up Your Ears

1989   Hawthornden Prize   Talking Heads

1990   Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy   Single Spies

1991   BAFTA (Best Single Drama)   A Question of Attribution

1995   Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Adapted Screenplay   (nomination)   The Madness of King George

1995   Writers' Guild Award (Best Adapted Screenplay)   The Madness of King George

1996   BAFTA (Best Adapted Screenplay)   (nomination)   The Maness of King George

1996   LCCFA Best Screenwriter of the Year   The Madness of King George

1999   BAFTA (Best Single Drama)   (nomination)   Talking Heads 2

2000   Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play   (shortlist)   The Lady In The Van

2003   British Book Awards Lifetime Achievement Award

2004   Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play   The History Boys

2004   Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year   The History Boys

2004   Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy   The History Boys

2005   Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play   The History Boys

2005   Society of London Theatres Special Award for Contribution to Theatre   The History Boys

2005   South Bank Show Award for Theatre   The History Boys

2006   British Book Awards Author of the Year   Untold Stories

2006   J. R. Ackerley Prize   Untold Stories

2006   New York Drama Critics' Award for Best Play   The History Boys

2006   New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play   The History Boys

2006   Samuel Johnson Prize   (shortlist)   Untold Stories

2006   Tony Award for Best Play (US)   The History Boys

2008   Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize   (shortlist)   The Uncommon Reader

2008   Booksellers Association Independent Booksellers' Book Prize   (shortlist)

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