Controversial British Playwright Wins Nobel
Controversial British Playwright and poet Harold Pinter has won the 2005 Nobel Prize in literature.
The Swedish Academy, awarding the prize, said he was an author ”who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.”
In its citation, the academy said the 75-year-old playwright - whose works include ”The Room,” ”The Birthday Party” and ”The Dumb Waiter” and his breakthrough work, ”The Caretaker” - was one who restored the art form of writing plays.
The son of a Jewish dressmaker, the Londoner is also known for campaigning for human rights. He was a vocal critic of the policies of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and more recently the invasion of Iraq.
Some of Britain’s leading playwrights on Thursday praised the Swedish Academy for awarding Harold Pinter the 2005 Nobel Prize for literature.
Tom Stoppard said the award was ”wholly deserved and I’m completely thrilled.”
”As a writer, Harold has been unswerving for 50 years,” said Stoppard whose plays include ”Rosencrantz and guildenstern Are Dead” and ”Jumpers.”
”With his earliest work he stood alone in British theatre up against the bewilderment and incomprehension of critics, the audience and and writers too.”
David Hare said the academy had made ”a brilliant choice.”
His UK publishers said -
‘We could not be more delighted and proud that Harold Pinter has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is not possible to overstate Pinter’s importance as a writer. His plays have revolutionised the theatre and his visionary political writings, both prose and poetry, have exposed injustice around the world. Pinter created a language entirely of his own which has now become our language. To mark this extraordinary achievement with this most prestigious of prizes is a fitting tribute and testament to Harold’s importance not just as a writer in the English language but across all nations.’
Stephen Page, Publisher at Faber