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Harold Pinter - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Harold Pinter

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
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Harold Pinter   (1930 - 2008)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1930
London, England
 
Died: 2008
 
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John Osborne, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams
 
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Harold Pinter - LIFE STORIES
 
 
10/10/1930     Pinter, Home and Abroad
On this day in 1930 Harold Pinter was born. The famous Pinter pause may have been learned as an only child in Hackney: at the age of eight or nine Pinter and a group of imaginary friends would gather in his back garden, where they "talked aloud and held conversations beyond the lilac tree." He also said he was deeply affected by being a child-evacuee during WWII: "'There was no fixed sense of being ... of being ... at all.'"
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Ashes to Ashes
drama
 
Betrayal
drama
 
Conversations With Pinter
interviews
 
Mountain Language
drama
 
No Mans Land
drama
 
Old Times
drama
 
Party Time and the New World Order: Two Plays
drama
 
The Birthday Party and the Room: Two Plays
drama
 
The Caretaker and the Dumb Waiter
drama
 
The Homecoming
drama
 
The Hothouse
drana
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Harold Pinter
by Mark Batty
literary criticism
 
Harold Pinter and the New British Theatre
by D. Keith Peacock
literary history and analysis
 
Pinter at 70: A Caseboook
by Lois G. Gordon (Editor)
analysis, photography
 
Pinter, the Playwright
by Martin Esslin
literary criticism
 
Sharp Cut: Harold Pinter's Screenplays and the Artistic Process
by Steven H. Gale
literary analysis
 
The Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter
by Peter Raby (Editor)
guide
 
The Films of Harold Pinter
by Steven H. Gale (Editor)
criticism
 
The Life and Work of Harold Pinter
by Michael Billington
biography
 
The Theatrical Critic as Cultural Agent: Constructing Pinter, Orton and Stoppard as Absurdist Playwrights
by Yael Zarhy-Levo
guide, analysis
 
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"Pinter has won many awards for his work, including the Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg), the European Prize for Literature (Vienna), the Pirandello Prize (Palermo), the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D'Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, in 2001 he was awarded the S.T. Dupont Golden Pen Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature and in 2002 he was made a Companion of Honour for services to Literature."
Official Website
Find a wealth of information about Pinter's plays, screenplays, books, poetry, and detailed descriptions of theatrical productions. Also features essays and speeches by the writer on topics including the war in Iraq, Serbia and Kosovo, and the freedom of speech. Highly recommended.

""Pinter did what Auden said a poet should do. He cleaned the gutters of the English language, so that it ever afterwards flowed more easily and more cleanly. We can also say that over his work and over his person hovers a sort of leonine, predatory spirit which is all the more powerful for being held under in a rigid discipline of form, or in a black suit...The essence of his singular appeal is that you sit down to every play he writes in certain expectation of the unexpected. In sum, this tribute from one writer to another: you never know what the hell's coming next."
-- David Hare, Harold Pinter:A Celebration, Faber and Faber (2000)
Pinter at the BBC
Find a chronological timeline of events in the author's life, and a large collection of answers to frequently asked questions written by Pinter biographer Michael Billington. Also offers a series of video clips by and about the writer.

"Pinter's plays obviously belong to their era, The Birthday Party is of the late 1950s, The Caretaker and The Homecoming belong to the 1960s and there are references to that world. And yet his plays make total sense when they're revived nearly 50 years later. I don't see any contradiction or paradox in this. I think all plays operate on two levels. They are both expressions of the time in which they are written and they're expressions of eternal truths in human behaviour and that applies any first rate writer. So I don't think Pinter's plays will date.... I think they will be available down the decades because they're dealing with qualities in human life, particularly insecurity, uncertainty, fear and terror that remain permanent."
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