Harold Pinter | Critical Essay by Peter Thomson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Harold Pinter.
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Critical Essay by Peter Thomson

SOURCE: “Harold Pinter: A Retrospect,” in Critical Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 4, Winter, 1978, pp. 21-28.

In the following essay, Thomson provides an overview of Pinter’s plays, declaring the earlier ones authentic and superior to the later, which he finds formula-driven and lacking in dramatic drive.

With the publication, in 1978, of Poems and Prose 1949-1977, Pinter has vigorously reminded us that he is not merely a playwright. He may even, in a mood of declared disaffection, be saying that he is no longer a playwright. His first performed play, in 1957, was The Room, and the sixties was his triumphant decade. Something about the seventies—the declared violence on the one hand, a personal anguish on the other—has made his recent plays as secret and reclusive as he is himself. The production at the National...

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