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Harold PINTER

An English playwright, screenwriter, poet, actor, director, author, and political activist.
Pinter received the Nobel Prize in Literature from the Swedish Academy in December 2005.

(10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008)

 

The writer -
'The Caretaker' - 'The Dumb Waiter'

(Updated on 27/03/2011)

 

 

The writer :


 

Playwright Harold Pinter dies at 78
"Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter,
who had cancer, died on Christmas Eve aged 78.

He wrote more than 30 plays
including The Caretaker and The Birthday Party.
His film scripts include The French Lieutenant's Woman."

+ Obituary: Harold Pinter
(BBC)

Harold Pinter
(10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008)
"CH, CBE, Nobel Laureate , was a renowned English playwright, screenwriter,
actor, director, poet, political activist,
and president of the Central School of Speech and Drama..."

(Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

  • Harold Pinter (haroldpinter.org)
    Plays - Films - Biography - Poetry - Prose - Politics - Acting - Directing - Publications...
  • Harold Pinter (Wikipedia)
    1 Biography
    1.1 Early theatrical training and stage experience 1.2 Personal life
    2 Main career (1957-2005)
    3 Public announcement of retirement from playwriting (2005)
    4 Political activism
    5 Honors
    5.1 The Nobel Prize in Literature 2005 5.2 Art, Truth & Politics: The Nobel Lecture
    6 Subsequent interviews, media appearances, and productions (2006 – the present)
    7 Pinter and Academia

    7.1 The Harold Pinter Society 7.2 Artist and Citizen: 50 Years of Performing Pinter
    7.3 The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing
    8 Characteristics of Pinter's work
    8.1 "Pinteresque" 8.2 "The weasel under the cocktail cabinet" 8.3 "Two silences": a "continual evasion" of "communication"
    8.4 The "Pinter pause"
    9 Pinter's cultural influence 9.1 Some literary allusions to Pinter and his work in Anglo-American popular culture
    10 Works
    11 See also
    12 Notes
    13 References
    14 Further resources

    14.1 The 2005 Nobel Lecture 14.2 Additional essays and speeches by Harold Pinter 14.3 Poems by Harold Pinter
    14.4 Other external links
  • Audio Interviews - Harold Pinter (BBC)
    Kaleidoscope - 28 September 1990 BBC 1 - Harold Pinter talks to Paul Allen about
    :
    - how he betrayed a friend and the theme of betrayal in his plays 2 min 55
    - adapting books to films 1 min 10
    - politics in his plays 4 min 1

 

'The Caretaker' (1959) :

  • The Caretaker (Wikipedia)
    1 Plot
    2 List of characters
    3 Themes
    4 Some recent productions
    5 Studying
    6 Notes


  • The Caretaker (sheffieldtheatres.co.uk)
    Background to The Caretaker - Introduction - Synopsis - Background to The Caretaker -
    Setting and Structure - Characters - Language - Themes - Pinter...

 

'The Dumb Waiter' (1957) :

  • Drama Study Guides : 'The Dumb Waiter' (sparknotes.com)
    Context
    Plot Overview
    Character List
    Analysis of Major Characters
    Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
    Part One: Beginning Until The Envelope
    Part Two: From the Envelope to Ben's Gun
    Part Three: After Ben Checks his Gun
    Part Four: Speaking Tube until End
    Important Quotations Explained
    Key Facts
    Study Questions and Essay Topics
    Quiz
    Suggestions for Further Reading

  • Conversational implicature and 'The Dumb Waiter' (lancs.ac.uk)