ATBL’s Grant Helps Secure Pinter Archives

Harold Pinter (left) with Ronald Milne, Director of Scholarships and Collections at the British Library

Harold Pinter (left) with Ronald Milne, Director of Scholarships and Collections at the British Library. Photo: BL

In March the Library hosted a party to celebrate the acquisition of the complete Harold Pinter Archive and a reception to honor the renowned playwright himself.

Ronald Milne, Director, Scholarship and Collections, gave a speech applauding the Library’s newly acquired Pinter archive, parts of which were on display as an exhibition called His Own Domain:  Harold Pinter, A Life in Theatre.  The exhibit featured a range of unique manuscripts, letters, photographs and sound recordings and paid tribute to Harold Pinter’s life as an actor, director and writer of some of the most significant plays of the 20th century.  Mr. Pinter received the Nobel Prize for literature in 2005.

This acquisition was made possible by the generosity of many donors, including The American Trust for the British Library, Dr. Alice Griffin, the Friends of the British Library, and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.   A highlight of the event was the reading by Pinter of one of his own unpublished, previously unknown poems.

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