Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter

by Michael Billington (Author)


"The Life and Work of Harold Pinter" is the first and only authorized biographical study of the renowned English playwright. In this groundbreaking book Michael Billington examines Pinter's work, including the masterpieces "The Caretaker "and "The Homecoming," in the context of his life. Through conversations with Pinter and interviews with his friends and colleagues, Billington creates a portrait of the man as well as the artist.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Edition: Main
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Published: 03 Nov 1997

ISBN 10: 0571190650
ISBN 13: 9780571190652

Media Reviews
A smart, absorbing blend of criticism and biography that demythologizes the writings of Britain's premier postwar dramatist . . . Billington combines intelligence with accessibility to create a fine theater book for the general reader. --Kirkus Reviews The book's most fascinating sections explore the sources, literary and biographical, of Pinter's evocative, cryptic plays. --Booklist Enthralling. Calmly, judiciously written, it takes Pinter from his Hackney childhood and Jewish upbringing to his current eminence and political activity; it handles his acting, writing and directing; it treats his plays, screenwriting, poetry and fiction; and discusses many of his friendships and both of his marriages . . . Billington's book is an open-sesame into Pintor's work . . . To the extent that Billington provides answers about Pinter's life and art, his is a valuable book. And absorbing: I found it virtually unputdownable. --Financial Times Through his work as a playwright and director, Pinter has raised out theatre to the highest point that it has achieved since Edwardian times . . . No reader of this book will doubt, by the end of it, that its subject is a man of the highest artistic stature. --Sunday Telegraph An outstandingly good book. --Independent
Author Bio
Michael Billington has been the Guardian theatre critic since 1971. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television arts programmes in the UK. His previous books include biographies on Peggy Ashcroft, Ken Dodd, ALan Ayckbourn and Tom Stoppard.