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The Birthday Party (Acting Edition) [Paperback]

Harold Pinter
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Mar 1965 Acting Edition
Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding-house by two strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. This educational edition is designed to be of interest to students.
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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French Ltd (Mar 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573010420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573010422
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,089,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 and they married in 1980. In 1995 he won the David Cohen British Literature Prize, awarded for a lifetime's achievement in literature. In 1996 he was given the Laurence Olivier Award for a lifetime's achievement in theatre. In 2002 he was made a Companion of Honour for services to literature. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy of Menace 3 May 2000
This early play ran for only a few days and was panned by critics. It is now heralded as a classic of modern drama. The fear and tension are palpable throughout. Goldberg and McCann reduce Stanley to a gibbering wreck and the audience feel his trauma throughout.
It reveals the skeletons in all our closets and leaves us wondering why a "wheelbarrow" and a "TOY DRUM", at once innocuous and every day items, can be so menacing and downright scarey. Enjoy the fear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sensationally Good 18 Oct 2009
I had to read this play for my A level English lit. coursework, I wasn't expecting much as I hadn't seen any of Pinter's other plays and it sounds slightly dull. However after having read it in class with my classmates I see how wrong I was, a sensationally good play, with unbelievable characters that are yet so believable... then there's the inane chatter that fills most of the pages constantly causing me to stop and take stock of the importance of the majority of what I say. With dark wit throughout I sincerely hope I have the opportunity to see a live production of this near masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pinter at his best 20 April 2014
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Great book and speedy delivery,really enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone.
Also great value for money,will read over and over
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book; great quality! 13 May 2013
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This play was bought for my english Literature A-Level, as part of my wider reading. I bought it for a discount price on Amazon, and was amazed by how quickly it came. It was also in fantastic condition, which was a bonus!
As a play, it says a lot about a little, but it's also very simple to read and understand the basic plot. Pinter is a brilliant writer to bulk up your wider reading with - I would recommend it to anyone.
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Straightforward text of this mysterious and chilling play. Bonus is the inclusion of performance dates, venues and cast lists from previous productions.
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