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The life and work of Harold Pinter

Author: Michael Billington
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Harold Pinter is our foremost living dramatist; and in this ground-breaking book - the first authorized biographical study - Michael Billington examines Pinter's work in the context of his life. Pinter's plays, including such acknowledged masterpieces as The Caretaker and The Homecoming, are subjected to close textual scrutiny and are seen to spring from a mixture of experience, memory and the unfettered poetic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter; Harold Pinter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Billington
ISBN: 0571171036 9780571171033
OCLC Number: 35905678
Description: x, 414 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Hackney Lad --
Romantic Ireland --
Baron Hardup --
Early Stages --
Playwright in waiting --
Power Play --
Sexual politics --
Family values --
Private worlds --
Time regained --
Pinter's way --
States of revolution --
Private lives --
Voices from the past --
Public affairs --
Setting the agenda --
Party manners --
Moonlit nights --
Festival time --
Onwards and upwards --
Memory man.
Other Titles: Harold Pinter
Responsibility: Michael Billington.

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"Harold Pinter is our foremost living dramatist; and in this ground-breaking book - the first authorized biographical study - Michael Billington examines Pinter's work in the context of his life. Pinter's plays, including such acknowledged masterpieces as The Caretaker and The Homecoming, are subjected to close textual scrutiny and are seen to spring from a mixture of experience, memory and the unfettered poetic imagination. Billington's book also demolishes the myth that Pinter's political commitment is either belated or aesthetically detrimental; the dramatist is seen from the outset as a vehement opponent of authoritarian structures"--Front flap.

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