About Pinter

Mark Batty

About Pinter: The Playwright and the Work by Mark Batty provides an authoritative critical analysis of the plays and life of Nobel Prize-winner Harold Pinter.

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In About Pinter, Mark Batty provides a critical study of the work of Harold Pinter, one of our most successful living dramatists. He has compiled a wide-range of material which gives equal emphasis to the study and context of Pinter’s writing and the experiences of the theatre practitioners who bring his plays to the stage. Pinter’s own responses to his artistic output are gathered, from his first interview in 1959 to the latest interview carried out especially for this book in 2004. From amongst Pinter’s collaborators, Clive Donner, Lindsay Duncan, Gari Jones, Peter Hall, David Leveaux, Joseph Losey, Tom Rand and Lia Williams all offer reflection on his work as a writer, actor and director. This stimulating collection of interviews provides a complete guide to Pinter, his work for stage and screen, and his political outlook.

‘The strong point of the books in this series is the distinctive voices of the writers, their attitudes and how these are reflected in their plays. Smart chronologies and brief annotated bibliographies give the books a student-friendly feel, and all are readable and jargon free.’Aleks Sierz, Times Higher Education Supplement


Mark Batty is a senior lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, and researches twentieth century drama, translation for the stage and the history of the stage director. He is the author of Writers and their Work: Harold Pinter (Northcote House, 2001) and About Pinter (Faber, 2005) and has published articles on the work of Pinter…

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