Harold Pinter

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In 2005, Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the
highest honour available to any writer in the world.
Born 10 October 1930 in East London, playwright, director, actor, poet and
political activist. He died 24 December 2008.
He wrote twentynine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The
Homecoming, and Betrayal, twentyone screenplays including The Servant,
The GoBetween and The French Lieutenant's Woman, and directed
twentyseven theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David
Mamet's Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray and many of his own plays.
He has won many prizes, especially since the year 2000 and he has been
nominated for many prizes as well.
He is especially famous because he uses silence a lot in his plays in order to
create a tense atmosphere. This is one of his signature writing styles and is
quite distinctive.
He was born in hackney, in the east of London. Both his parents were Jews.
He mainly wrote plays and play scripts for radio channels like BBC where he
wrote short plays for the listeners.
Some of his plays were not liked that much, like The Birthday Party in which
people did not like the moral of Harold's story and they also didn't like the
actual script.
Harold's plays are mostly always based in a single room where there are
more than two people often arguing with each other, and there is always
some sort of background emotion at work like anger and hate.
Harold Pinter has inspired generations of people, even today after he has
died. His style of writing is used a lot by other scriptwriters because of its
quality, and how well it puts across the thoughts of the characters i.e. tense


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