“There is no playwright his equal. He is the natural descendant of James Joyce, by way of Samuel Beckett. Pinter works the language as a master pianist works the keyboard.”Martin Gottfried, New York Post
Prose, Poetry, Politics 1948-1998
978-0-8021-3824-8 • $16.00 • Paperback • July 2001
Harold Pinter’s plays include The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, and The Caretaker. They have become seminal works in our literary canon. Pinter has always been reluctant to comment on his work, preferring to let his writing speak for itself. Now, for the first time, Pinter presents his own selections from a prolific body of prose, poetry, and political writings, offering new insight into the man and his literary and dramatic oeuvre.
Various Voices comprises a wealth of material and a multiplicity of forms that demonstrate both Pinter’s development as a writer and the stylistic precision he so consistently achieves outside the more familiar context of his plays. Through Various Voices the reader can trace Pinter’s evolution, from his youthful explorations into the boundaries of his craft to the seasoned maturity of his later work.
His nonfiction selections span “A Note on Shakespeare” (1950) to a letter to Peter Wood, the first director of The Birthday Party (1958); the short stories begin with “Kullus” (1949) and end with “Girls”(1995); the poetry ranges from “School Life” (1948) to the powerful and moving “Death” (1997); and the political writings illustrate the depth and lucidity of Pinter’s views on human-rights issues around the world.
Various Voices is an essential companion to Pinter’s plays and enables the reader to fully appreciate the breadth of a body of work spanning fifty years.