Harold Pinter

BookHarold Pinter

Harold Pinter

Writers and Their Work


August 1st, 2001

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Harold Pinter is one of the most significant and widely influential living British playwrights. From his early fame as the controversial author of disconcerting, unconventional dramas in the 1960s to the sparse, provocative plays he has offered steadily through the 1980s and 1990s, he has fascinated audiences and critics alike. His work forms a cornerstone of the dramatic literature of the contemporary British stage and has been integrated into the repertories of theatres world-wide. This book offers a critical examination of his dramatic writing over four decades, from The Room (1957) to Celebration (2000), emphasising the worth of the plays as pieces written for performance, investigating their status as dramatic (as opposed to literary) texts.


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Mark Batty is Lecturer in theatre Studies, Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds. His main interests are 20th Century theatre in general and Beckett and Pinter in particular and his theatrical background adds a dramatic dimension to the literary perspective he brings to his writing and research.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline9
1 Comedies of Menace18
Negotiations and evictions: The Caretaker, The Room, The Dumb Waiter, A Slight Ache18
Gendered invasions: The Basement, The Lover, Tea Party, A Night Out, The Home coming39
2 Tragedies of Isolation and Belonging58
Bridging the silences: Landscape, Silence, Night, Ashes to Ashes58
Betrayals and bridges burnt: The Collection, Night School, The Dwarfs, Old Times, Monologue, Betrayal69
Between life and death: Family Voices, No Man’s Land, A Kind of Alaska, Moonlight88
3 Politics at Play101
House rules: The Birthday Party, The Hothouse101
In the name of freedom and democracy: One for the Road, Mountain Language, Party Time, Celebration112
4 Efficient Ideas133
Select Bibliography141