First published in 1983, Harold Pinter is an original study into the work of one of Britain's foremost dramatists.
The book celebrates Pinter's elusiveness as a writer. It considers his position as a specifically contemporary writer of the post-modernist tradition, and explores his use of language as a sophisticated means of non-communication, acting as a smokescreen behind which his characters lie. The book presents the language games used by Pinter according to their strategic importance, beginning with his earlier works and suggesting a chronological progression. It also discusses Pinter's later developments, such as the screenplay for The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Harold Pinter is ideal for anyone with an interest in the work and literary techniques of contemporary writers and dramatists.
Guido Almansi was Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of East Anglia. Simon Henderson was formerly a research student in contemporary theatre at the Univeristy of East Anglia.
1: Introduction; 2: Games; 3: Questioning games: the early plays; 4: Hiding games: The Caretaker; 5: Critical games: The Homecoming; 6: Endgames: a period of transition; 7: Memory games: Old Times, No Man's Land and Betrayal; 8: Different ball games: The French Lieutenant's Woman and Other Places: Notes, Bibliography