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Pinter, Harold

Born: 1930 AD
Currently alive, at 91 years of age.
Nationality: English
Categories: Playwrights

1930 – Born on October 10th in London, England. English playwright who achieved international renown as one of the most complex and challenging post-World War II dramatists.

1948 – He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but left after two terms to join a repertory company as a professional actor.

1959 – Pinter toured Ireland and England with various acting companies, appearing under the name David Baron in provincial repertory theatres.

1956-1958 – He began to write for the stage: "The Room" and "The Dumbwaiter", his first two plays, are one-act dramas that established the mood of comic menace that was to figure largely in his early plays. His first full-length play, "The Birthday Party", puzzled the London audiences and lasted only a week, but later it was televised and revived successfully on the stage.

1959-1978 – After Pinter’s radio play "A Slight Ache" was adapted for the stage, his reputation was secured by his second full-length play, "The Caretaker", which established him as more than just another practitioner of the then-popular Theatre of the Absurd. His next major play, "The Homecoming", helped establish him as the originator of a unique dramatic idiom. Such later plays as "Landscape", "Silence", "Night", and "Old Times" virtually did away with physical activity on the stage. Pinter’s later successes included "No Man’s Land" and "Betrayal").

         – Pinter did much directing, of both his own and others’ works. His "Poems and Prose" was published.

         – In addition to works for the stage, Pinter wrote radio and television dramas and a number of successful motion-picture screenplays. Among the latter are those for three films directed by Joseph Losey, "The Servant", "Accident", and "The Go-Between", as well as one for "The Last Tycoon".

1981-1982 – "The French Lieutenant’s Woman", and the screen version of Pinter’s play "Betrayal".

2005 – Received a Nobel Prize in Literature.