The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

My second play, The Birthday Party, I wrote in 1958 - or 1957. It was totally destroyed by the critics of the day, who called it an absolute load of rubbish. - Harold Pinter

Created by: Christian Rios

Who is Harold Pinter?
His Life: ‡ Born: Oct. 10, 1930 Hackney, East London, England ‡ Died: Dec. 25, 2008 West London, England His Work: ‡ playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director, political activist and poet ‡ Was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

What kind of man was he?
I don't give a damn what other people think. It's entirely their own business. I'm not writing for other people. -interview, Dec. 1971 The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.

I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.

Absurdist Theater
French Dramatic Movement ‡ late 1940 s - 1960 s ‡ Martin Esslin

Pinter "The Homecoming"

The Birthday Party

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