Remembering Harold Pinter

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Harold Pinter

Born on October 10, 1930

Hackney, London, England

Died December 24, 2008

Occupation~Playwright, screenwriter,actor,director,poet,author,political activists

Pinter’s will be remembered for his dramas often involving esteemed conflicts among ambivalent characters who’d struggled for verbal and territorial dominance, also for their own versions of the past. Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter was buried at a London cemetery Wednesday in a quaint, private funeral attended by family and close friends.
Poems and excerpts from his plays were read at the 15-minute ceremony, fallowing his death on Christmas Eve losing the battle with cancer that he’d struggled with for years. Some 50 people, including luminaries from Britain’s literary world, gathered under a tree at Kensal Green Cemetery for the service.

Pinter’s wife,  also a writer Antonia Fraser, attended along with  fellow playwright Tom Stoppard and actor Michael Gambon.
Gambon, A.K.A Dumbledore from harry Potter films read an excerpt from Pinter’s “No Man’s Land.” at the funeral and it is as fallows:

“I might even show you my photograph album,” Gambon read. “You might even see a face in it that might remind you of your own, of what you once were. You might see faces of others in shadows or cheeks of others turning or jaws or backs of necks or eyes, dark under hats, which might remind you of others whom you thought long dead but from whom you will still receive a sidelong glance if you can face the good ghost.”

Gambon had read the same lines onstage Dec. 26 in the first performance of one of Pinter’s plays since his death.
Poems were also read, including some dealing with Pinter’s passion for cricket.

Some of the works that Pinter will be remembered for is as fallows

The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Betrayal, Old Times, and Ashes to Ashes. He is also well known for being very passionate about poetryand loving to write it as well. His screenplays include The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Last Tycoon, and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Pinter has been awarded for many of his works, the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear, the Commonwealth Award, BAFTA awards, the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or,  and the Nobel Prize for Literature. His drake style and gift for creating tension with horror through those most economic of means made him one of the most respected playwrights of his day. He will be missed, yet he has left his spirit behind in his works for many to be captivated by.

He loved what he did in his life, and he never did anything loosly. A man strong in his convictions and willing to speak multitiudes through his work capable of capturing the deepest of feelings, This man will live in the hearts of literaries throughout history and he will never be forgotten.

You can find some of his work at amazon

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