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Harold Pinter


Harold Pinter, one of Britain’s most influential and important writers, died on Christmas Eve. He was seventy-eight. In addition to writing twenty-nine plays, Pinter, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2005, was an acclaimed screenwriter, essayist and poet. Pinter’s work appeared in five issues of this magazine, most recently in Granta 100 with ‘Poem’, a moving tribute to his wife of thirty-three years, Lady Antonia Fraser.

Read obituaries from the BBC, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times, the Independent, the New York Times, Reuters and the Associated Press.

Read a tribute from Pinter’s biographer and friend Michael Billington.

Listen to New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley on Pinter’s legacy and read his 2005 appraisal.

Read the Guardian’s David Smith on literary London in mourning.

Read Harold Pinter’s archive page in the New York Times.

Read the Guardian’s Pinter primer.

Watch Harold Pinter’s 2005 Nobel acceptance speech, or read it here.

Read the Nobel Committee’s 2005 press release.

Visit Harold Pinter’s official website.

Listen to a post-Nobel Prize interview with Pinter.

Listen to Harold Pinter talking to the British Library.

Listen to Mark Lawson’s Front Row interview with Pinter.

Listen to BBC4’s Today interview with Pinter.

Read a 2006 conversation between Pinter and Michael Billington.

Visit the BBC’s Pinter page.

Visit the website of the Harold Pinter Society.

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