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Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics


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Publisher:Grove Pr, 1999



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Harold Pinter has been called "one of the most important playwrights of our day" by The New York Times, and his plays, including The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, and The Caretaker, have become seminal works in our literary canon. Pinter has always been reluctant to comment on his work, preferring to let his writing speak for itself. Now, for the first time, Pinter presents his won selections form a prolific body of prose, poetry, and political writings, offering new insight into the man and his literary and dramatic oeuvre. Various Voices comprises a wealth of material and a multiplicity of forms that demonstrate both Pinter's development as a writer and the stylistic precision he so consistently achieves outside the more familiar context of his plays. Through Various Voices the reader can trace Pinter's evolution, from his youthful explorations into the boundaries of his craft to the seasoned maturity of his later work. His nonfiction selections span "A Note on Shakespeare" (1950) to a letter to Peter Wood, the first director of The Birthday Party (1958); the short stories begin with "Kullus" (1949) and end with "Girls" (1995); the poetry ranges from "School Life" (1948) to the powerful and moving "Death" (1997); and the political writings illustrate the depth and lucidity of Pinter's views on human-rights issues around the world.

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