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Writer and philosopher whose work, beginning with ‘The Outsider’, searched for the meaning of man’s existence

THEATRE / First Night: Middle-class spirit proof against recession: 'Getting Married', Chichester Festival Theatre

IT SHOULD have been Glyndebourne opening the summer season for the arts this week. But with the opera house closed for a year for rebuilding, it was across the Sussex Downs to Chichester for the opening night of the Festival Theatre's five-month season.

Letter: Bernard Shaw's missing gift to the nation

Sir: The good news that the British Library has achieved a pounds 1m sponsorship from Digital is to be welcomed ('British Library's largest sponsorship deal provides pounds 1m computer system', 28 April).

Don't bother with an agent, just get yourself an adjective

I AM thinking seriously of becoming a writer. Do you have any advice for me?

View from City Road: Coming clean on the real costs of life assurance

All professions, George Bernard Shaw wrote, are conspiracies against the laity. Most pressure groups, be they composed of doctors, teachers or life assurance sales staff, like to argue that people should be denied the fullest information because they will not properly understand what they are told by experts. They will make wrong decisions that distort markets or damage the national interest. The spokesmen for the life assurance industry were therefore characteristically incandescent yesterday about Sir Bryan Carsberg's demand for more information for consumers.

Wicked wit and brutal honesty

I was there, I remember these things, the oral history has to be put straight. Listen to me.

Obituary: Nada Curcija-Prodanovic

Nada Curcija-Prodanovic, translator, born 1923, died 6 November 1992.

BOOK REVIEW / Mrs Wheeler and her astringent Solomon: 'Letters from Margaret' - Ed. Rebecca Swift: Chatto, 13.99 pounds

'YOU cannot afford to buy books. Neither can I. Nobody can nowadays, when a serious book costs from 18 to 25 shillings. If you spend the money they cost on drink, you will be better company at home and elsewhere.'

BOOK REVIEW / At Sixties and sevens: 'Rules of Desire: Sex in Britain since World War I' - Cate Haste: Chatto, 14.99

WHAT caused the Sixties' sexual revolution? The standard answer is the Pill - an oversimplification, but one to which many women who were 'there at the time' play retrospective lipservice. How to reconcile what they say with the 1970 survey that found only 9 per cent of single women had ever used it?
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