The Cambridge companion to Harold Pinter /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Raby, Peter.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition: 2nd ed.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

Critical essays on Pinter abound. These latest--the 16 essays by different hands gathered here--are divided into three parts. The first, "Text and Context," concentrates on the various theatrical and critical contexts of Pinter's work; the second, "Pinter and Performance," focuses on theatrical production; the third, "Reactions to Pinter," includes contributions on Pinter's "sexual politics," reactions to the critics, being a celebrity, and his politics. Contributors range from directors such as Sir Peter Hall to academics. Retired naval officer Charles Evans writes interestingly on Pinter in Russia. John Fowles provides the superb, three-paragraph "Afterword: Harold Pinter and Cricket." A detailed chronology reports Pinter's life and career, including his acting and directing. But though coverage in the above areas is comprehensive, Raby (Cambridge) includes little on Pinter's poetry and even less on his radio work (a notable omission: Monologue). Including ten black-and-white illustrations and set in a clear typeface with sensible margins, this is a well-produced book. Recommended for English, drama, and film collections supporting work at the upper-division undergraduate level and above. W. Baker Northern Illinois University

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