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John Lahr wins eighth annual Sheridan Morley Prize for MAD PILGRIMAGE OF THE FLESH

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 09.29.41John Lahr has won the eighth annual Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography for Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.
The book was described at the prizegiving ceremony by panel member Michael Simkins as the “definitive biography” of Tennessee Williams.
John Lahr said, “You don’t write books for prizes, but it’s amazing how thrilling it is to win the acknowledgement because the whole enterprise is so solitary, and there are so many good writers – it’s a huge honour.”


March 2015: John Lahr has just been named winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for best biography, and winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for recognition of “the quality of prose style” for his recent biography of Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh. Continue Reading

New book – JOY RIDE

John Lahr’s latest book JOY RIDE, including his very best New Yorker profiles and reviews, will be published by Norton (US) and Bloomsbury (UK) in September. Stay tuned for further details… ‘John Lahr writes ­ beautifully ­ about the theatre and those who make it with an unrivalled blend of enthusiasm, perception and analytical precision. This book… Continue Reading

More press acclaim for John Lahr’s Tennessee Williams biography

Tennessee Wiiliams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh has been picked amongst the best books of the year in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Financial Times, the Kirkus Service and Publishers Weekly Continue Reading

Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh wins audio award

Audio book award-winner Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr | Read by Elizabeth Ashley 26.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2014 ‘With her smoky voice and Southern accent, Elizabeth Ashley is the perfect narrator for this “warts and all” biography of one of America’s most treasured literary icons. Ashley is no stranger to the works of Tennessee… Continue Reading

Book award finalist

John Lahr has been nominated as a finalist for the National Book Award 2014, and listed as one of the ‘Best 20 Books of 2014’ by Publishers Weekly, for Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh. Continue Reading

New York Times

A Playwright Named Desire: The Battle for Art and Sanity John Lahr’s Biography of Tennessee Williams Continue Reading

Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh – US tour

American publicity tour (details of UK tour coming soon) New York, NY Wednesday, September 24In Conversation with John AndrewsThe Players 16 Gramercy Park SouthManhattan6pm New York, NY New York Film Forum event Friday, September 26th at 8pm New York Film Forum 209 West Houston St New York, NY 10014 John introduces A Streetcar Named Desire Provincetown,… Continue Reading