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William Baker is distinguished university professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University.
Introduction and Acknowledgments
Chapter One: The Theatre and Film-Joe Brearley, Repertory (Rep.), Creativity, Peter Hall and Others
Chapter Two: Passions: Cricket and Other Activities Including Bridge, Tennis, Squash and Music
Chapter Three: Restaurants and Friendships
Chapter 4: Women
Chapter 5: Politics and Religion
Chapter 6: Literary Influences and Favorites
About the Author
Drawing on materials recently made available, unpublished, or previously ignored, Baker (Northern Illinois Univ.; also author of A Harold Pinter Chronology, CH, Jun'14, 51-5336) provides a captivating study of the life and work of Pinter (1930–2008). Baker situates Pinter’s career in the context of both the personal and the professional, invoking materials that add considerably to previous biographical accounts. The study taps Pinter’s diaries, his papers and letters (housed at the British Library), and recent biographical sources (e.g., his friends’ memoirs and reminiscences) for new information. Chapters explore Pinter’s early career and fascination with theater and film, and his non-theatrical obsessions—including his enjoyment of card games, music, and cricket. Also examined is Pinter’s social life, for example his favorite restaurants where he conducted meetings and business and the influence on him of women. One important discussion focuses on Pinter’s political engagement and the political dimensions of his writing. A final chapter discusses the writers who influenced Pinter, from Shakespeare and John Webster to Beckett and other 20th-century authors whom Pinter personally knew. Baker's investigation of Pinter's central themes and concerns provides an illuminating portrait of this fascinating writer.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
— Choice Reviews