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PINTER - Harold Pinter was born in East London in 1930. He
started writing poetry for little magazines in his teens. Started
writing plays in 1957. He had mentioned an idea for a play to a
friend who worked in the drama department at Bristol University.
The friend liked the idea so much that he wrote to Pinter asking
for the play. The only problem was that if the university was to
perform the play, they would need a script within the week.
Pinter wrote back and told his friend to forget the whole thing--then
sat down and wrote the play in four days.
Pinter has gone on to write a
number of absurdist masterpieces including The Caretaker, The
Homecoming, Betrayal, Old Times, and Ashes to Ashes. He has also
composed a number of radio plays and several volumes of poetry.
His screenplays include The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Last
Tycoon, and The Handmaid's Tale. He has received numerous awards
including the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear, BAFTA awards, the
Hamburg Shakespeare Prize, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or
and the Commonwealth Award. His sparse style and gift for
creating tension and horror through the most economic of means
has made him one of the most respected playwrights of our day. He
is married to Lady Antonia Fraser.