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Alan Sillitoe

Data de nascimento: 4. Março 1928
Data de falecimento: 25. Abril 2010

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Alan Sillitoe was an English writer and one of the so-called "angry young men" of the 1950s. He disliked the label, as did most of the other writers to whom it was applied. He is best known for his debut novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and early short story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, both of which were adapted into films.

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„Government wars aren't my wars; they've got nowt to do with me, because my own war's all that I'll ever be bothered about.“

—  Alan Sillitoe
"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner" (1958), from New and Collected Stories (1958; repr. London: Robson, 2003), p. 8.

„Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not.“

—  Alan Sillitoe
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning as quoted by the Arctic Monkeys in the title of their album.

„Makes Room at the Top look like a vicarage tea-party.“

—  Alan Sillitoe
The Daily Telegraph, reviewing Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; cited from The Bookseller, October 25, 1958, p. 1641. Also used as a tagline for the 1960 film adaptation.

„Few writers who have managed to acquire his reputation can have been so much at the mercy of crude emotion.“

—  Alan Sillitoe
Martin Seymour-Smith Guide to Modern World Literature (London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1973] 1975) vol. 1, p. 337.

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