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The History Boys Lesson Plan

About the Author

Alan Bennett is a British playwright whose most famous works include Forty Years On (1968), Talking Heads (1992) and The History Boys (2004). He has enjoyed a great deal of critical praise both in the United Kingdom and in the United States.

Raised in Leeds and educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, Bennett achieved instant success at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival, where he collaborated with Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore on a satirical revue called Beyond the Fringe. Eight years later, he produced his first original play, Forty Years On, which sparked his solo writing career.

Bennett's life experiences heavily influence his work; many of his plays are semi-autobiographical. The Guardian...

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