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Cambridge Companion to Harold Pinter

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ISBN-10: 0521713730

ISBN-13: 9780521713733

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Peter Raby

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Harold Pinter is one of the world's leading and most controversial writers, and his output in many genres and roles continues to grow. This Companion examines the wide range of Pinter's work - his writing for theatre, radio, television and screen, and also his highly successful work as a director and actor. Substantially updated and revised, this second edition covers the many developments in Pinter's career since the publication of the first edition, including his Nobel Prize for Literature win in 2005, his appearance in Samuel Beckett's play Krapp's Last Tape and new productions of his plays. Containing essays written by both academics and leading practitioners, the volume places Pinter's writing within the critical and theatrical context of his time and considers its reception worldwide. Including three new essays, new production photographs, five updated and revised chapters and an extended chronology, the Companion provides fresh perspectives on Pinter's work.
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

The son of a clergyman and grandson of an Anglican bishop, Samuel Butler seemed destined for a life in the church. After graduating from Cambridge, however, he spent some time in New Zealand as a sheep-rancher. When he returned to England, he settled down as a journalist and writer. He engaged in many controversies over Darwinism. Butler is best known by two satirical novels, Erewhon (1872) and The Way of All Flesh (1903). Erewhon, an anagram for "nowhere," attacked contemporary attitudes in science, religion, and social mores. The Way of All Flesh was a study of the Pontifex family in a surprisingly modern tone. Erewhon Revisited (1901) continues his attack on religion. Another work, The Fair Haven (1873), is another subtle attack on religion, presented in the guise of a defense of the Gospels, though it actually undermines them. The Family Letters is a selection from the correspondence of Butler and his father, with several letters to and from his mother and sisters and one or two other relatives. Those between Butler and his father show how close the early part of The Way of All Flesh was to the events in the son's life. A brilliant, versatile writer, Butler was one of the most searching critics of his time. Butler died in 1902.

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology
Note on the text
Introduction
Text and Context
Pinter, politics and postmodernism (I)
Pinter and the 1950s
The sacred joke: comedy and politics in Pinter's early plays
Tales of the city: some places and voices in Pinter's plays
Pinter and twentieth-century drama
Harold Pinter, screenwriter: an overview
Speaking out: Harold Pinter and freedom of expression
Pinter and Performance
Body language in Pinter's plays
Harold Pinter as director
Directing the plays of Harold Pinter
Pinter in Russia
Pinter and Ireland
Pinter's late tapes
Reactions to Pinter
Pinter's sexual politics
Pinter and the critics
Pinter as celebrity
Pinter, politics and postmodernism (2)
The Pinter paradigm: Pinter's influence on contemporary playwriting
Afterword: Harold Pinter and cricket
Bibliography
Main Index
Works Index