Harold Pinter

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Best-known as one of the leading British playwrights of the later twentieth century and as a Nobel Prize winner, HP was also a poet, actor, theatre director, and writer of radio plays and screenplays both original and adapted. He was early recognised for stage violence, for comedy of menace and theatre of the absurd. His work became more urgently political with time. He stripped the excess fat from theatre dialogue, and mapped out his own distinctive theatrical topography: a place haunted by the ambivalence of memory, flecked by uncertainty, reeking of sex, and echoing with a strange, mordant laughter.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Milestones

10 October 1930
HP was born at Tudor Green, Newington Green, London, his parents' only child.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Christmas Eve 2008
HP died at Hammersmith Hospital in London, having collapsed at home two days before. That morning all the grandchildren who were in England came to visit him and give him a last kiss.
Fraser, Antonia. Must You Go?. Random House of Canada, 2010.
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Biography

Birth and Family

10 October 1930
HP was born at Tudor Green, Newington Green, London, his parents' only child.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.