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Alan Bennett to read and discuss work

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, 5 p.m. McCosh 50

Acclaimed British playwright, screenwriter, actor and essayist Alan Bennett will read from and talk about his work at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in McCosh 50.

Called "England's most endearing man of letters" by critic Richard Corliss, Bennett is a versatile artist who acts and writes for the page, stage, film and television. As a student at Oxford, Bennett planned to become a medieval historian, but his love of theater prevailed after his success in the 1960 comedy revue "Beyond the Fringe," which he co-created along with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller. Some of Bennett's educational experiences are reflected in "The History Boys," which won the 2006 Tony Award and was adapted by Bennett for the screen.

Bennett also adapted his play "The Madness of George III" into a film. His BBC television and radio monologues, "Talking Heads," have been aired on PBS and performed in the United States. His newest play, "The Habit of Art," about poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, opens in London next month, and will be filmed live and screened around the world.

Bennett is this fall's Belknap Visitor in the Humanities in the Council of the Humanities. He joins a distinguished roster of eminent writers and artists, including Ian McEwan, Meryl Streep, Chuck Close, Don DeLillo, Arthur Miller and Maurice Sendak, who have come to Princeton through this program.

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