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   Tyrone Guthrie's autobiography concentrates on his theatrical career. He does talk about the stifling effect of his early education at Wellington, a traditional English public school, but he feels his fate was sealed when he took part in a Shakespearian production at Oxford. He learned his trade in repertory theatre and through an apprenticeship at the BBC. His great fame came from his position as managing director of the Old Vic. He talks about his relationships with some of the great personalities of his era: Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman and Ruth Gordon to name a few. The book ends with his development of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   producer/director Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Director/Producer Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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