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Conversations with Pinter [Hardcover]

Mel Gussow


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1 July 1994
For more than twenty years, Mel Gussow, a drama critic for the New York Times, has been meeting Harold Pinter to talk about work and life, plays and people. At the core of this book is a series of lengthy interviews - some of the most extensive that Pinter has ever given - all published here in full for the first time. Pinter and Gussow first meet in 1971, when Old Times is a new play and Pinter's status as a major writer is still being confirmed. Then come public and private conversations in the eighties, when the voice of Pinter's political commitment is first heard. And finally, over a period of a week in September 1993, the two talk after the London premiere of Pinter's latest play, Moonlight. Here the playwright is in a more mellow mood, happy to contemplate his early life and to admit to a political agenda behind such plays as The Birthday Party. Through these and other revealing insights, he allows us to see the complete arc of his work to date in its true light. The resulting book is one of the most thoughtful and intimate portraits of the writer yet to appear. In fact, it is a kind of self-portrait, since, intentionally, it is Pinter who does most of the talking. Though famously reticent on the subjects of his work and his private life, Pinter opens up for Gussow in a manner both beguilingly frank and refreshingly informative.
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  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions; Open market ed edition (1 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879101792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879101794
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,214,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating contextualization 7 May 2000
By Stephen O. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In a series of interviews between 1971 and 1993 Gussow (longtime _New York Times_ drama critic, who also coaxed a fascinating set of comments from Tom Stoppard) got Pinter to talk about how he works. Pinter refuses to comment on what his work "means," but is eager to clear the air about misperceptions about himself (such as being in a chronic state of outrage). Pinter comes across as generous as well as politically committed, suspicious of audiences, but grateful to (fellow) actors. And he clearly has a sense of humor (too rarely appreciated in his plays).
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 5 Jun 2013
By Susan Brashear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Found this book a very quick read. Loved having it on my Kindle where I could pick up in the conversation at any point. Great for Pinter lovers.
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