About the BookBritain’s most recent recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature
(in 2005), Harold Pinter is one of the most significant and widely influential living British playwrights. From his early fame as the controversial author of disconcerting, unconventional dramas in the late 1950s to the sparse, provocative plays he has offered steadily through the 1980s and 1990s, he has fascinated audiences and critics alike.
His work forms a cornerstone of the dramatic literature of the contemporary British stage and has been integrated into the repertoires of theatres world-wide. Through drama and poetry, he has sought to expose or question the everyday discourses of human interaction and the articulation and wielding of political power. This book offers a critical examination of his writing over four decades, from The Room (1957) to Celebration (2000), emphasizing the worth of the plays as pieces written for performance, investigating their status as dramatic (as opposed to literary) texts.About the Author/sMark Taylor-Batty is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds. His main interests are twentieth century theatre in general and Beckett and Pinter in particular and his background in performance studies adds a dramatic dimension to the literary perspective he brings to his writing and research.