Harold Pinter | Critical Essay by David Jays

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Harold Pinter.
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Critical Essay by David Jays

SOURCE: Jays, David. “Missing.” New Statesman 129, no. 4510 (30 October 2000): 42-4.

In the following essay, Jays laments the neglect of Jewish writing in British theater. Jays comments that Pinter's Jewish background is rarely mentioned in critical discussion of his plays.

Harold Pinter has just turned 70, and theatrical celebrations continue throughout the winter. They include not only Michael Gambon in a revival of The Caretaker, but also an adaptation at the National Theatre of an unfilmed screenplay based on Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. Faber & Faber's birthday present gathers together affectionate, wary tributes from friends and colleagues in Harold Pinter: A Celebration. They touch on many subjects—Pinter's place in the European intellectual tradition, his fervent political conviction, his passion for cricket—but never his Jewishness.

It might seem a puzzling omission, but it's not...

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