The Birthday Party

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057130060X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. The Birthday Party was first performed in 1958 and is now a modern classic, produced and studied throughout the world.
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Harold Pinter Plays 1

The Birthday Party; The Room; The Dumb Waiter; A Slight Ache; The Hothouse; A Night Out; The Black and White; The Examination

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571300987

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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This volume contains Harold Pinter's first six plays, including The Birthday Party. The Birthday Party 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. 'Mr Pinter's terrifying blend of pathos and hatred fuses unforgettably into the stuff of art.' Sunday Times The Room and The Dumb Waiter In these two early one-act plays, Harold Pinter reveals himself as already in full control of his unique ability to make dramatic poetry of the banalities of everyday speech and the precision with which it defines character. 'Harold Pinter is the most original writer to have emerged from the "new wave" of dramatists who gave fresh life to the British theatre in the fifties and early sixties.' The Times The Hothouse The Hothouse was first produced in 1980, though Harold Pinter wrote the play in 1958, just before commencing work on The Caretaker. In this compelling study of bureaucratic power, we can see the full emergence of a great and original dramatic talent. 'The Hothouse is at once sinister and hilarious, suggesting an unholy alliance of Kafka and Feydeau.' Spectator
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A Study Guide for Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410341380

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 23

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A Study Guide for Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
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The Birthday Party, and The Room

Two Plays

Author: Harold Pinter

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802151148

Category: Drama

Page: 120

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Two dramatic works explore the role played by fate in the lives of boarding house tenants
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Plays One

The Birthday Party ; the Room ; the Dumb Waiter ; a Slight Ache ; the Hothouse ; a Night Out ; the Black and White ; the Examination

Author: Harold Pinter (Dramatiker, Schriftsteller)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571178445

Category:

Page: 386

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Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' and Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' - a Comparison

Author: Julia Pastak geb. Kupfer

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 363881016X

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Page: 36

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik /Amerikanisitik), course: Expressionism and theatre of the absurd, 13 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: Double spaced, abstract: It seems that the Theatre of the Absurd is not considered as civil theatre and that means that there must be big differences between the drama we know from Shakespeare or other famous authors and the work of Beckett and his companions. This work is going to define the differences between a classic drama (a comedy) and a modern drama (theatre of the absurd) and it will make them clear using examples from both "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "The Birthday Party" written by Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter, respectively.
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Comparison of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” and “The Homecoming” with a Special Focus on the Female Characters

Author: Sandra Beez

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668244790

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 14

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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, , language: English, abstract: Pinter’s plays are good examples for the theatre of the absurd, although Pinter himself probably would not have called them this way. He knew how to create his characters in such an absurd way, but also realistic at the same time that the audience was often left in astonishment and confusion. This paper will deal with the two Pinter plays “The Birthday Party” and “The Homecoming”. These are outstanding plays, foremost concerning the female characters. Both plays include mainly male characters and one outstanding female one. There is a second female character in “The Birthday Party”, but she only plays a minor role. It is interesting to see how Pinter contrasts the more or less strong female characters in otherwise all men plays. That is why this paper will pay special attention to the female characters. This paper will start by first giving an overview over the plays and short characterisations of the male characters. Furthermore, there will be a comparison between those two plays and in how far Pinter’s plays may have developed. Continuing, I am going to focus on the female characters of the plays, Meg and Ruth. First, I will discuss the representation of women in the plays in general. Then, there will be a comparison between the two characters to see in how far their characteristics and their function in the plays differ.
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Drama of Language in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party and The Caretaker

Author: Pulkita Anand

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668112142

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 125

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Master's Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1, , course: MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLISH, language: English, abstract: Harold Pinter is the product of a post-war generation that attempted to reject the evils of the twentieth century and presents a new outlook on society. Pinter began as an uncompromising minority author and created the taste by which he is appreciated, i.e., the inculcation of the so-called 'Pintersque'. In accordance to my capacity within this limited time what could I include in this small effort is; as it is a descriptive type of research work the dissertation trees to present" A Linguistic analysis of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party and The Caretaker in an analytical way. In this work the language is studied for theme, character, thought and action and reality.
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Plays by Harold Pinter

The Homecoming, the Birthday Party, the Caretaker, Comedy of Menace, No Man's Land, Betrayal, the Dumb Waiter, As

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 9781230486130

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Page: 40

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (plays not included). Pages: 39. Chapters: The Homecoming, The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, Comedy of menace, No Man's Land, Betrayal, The Dumb Waiter, Ashes to Ashes, The Room, Old Times, Remembrance of Things Past, The Hothouse, Victoria Station, Tea Party, Family Voices, The Collection, Night, Mountain Language, The Basement, Moonlight, Landscape, Pinter's People, The Tragedy of King Lear, A Kind of Alaska, Applicant, Celebration, A Slight Ache, A Night Out, The Lover, Silence, Precisely. Excerpt: The Homecoming is a two-act play written in 1964 by Nobel laureate, Harold Pinter, and first published in 1965. The original Broadway production won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play and its 40th-anniversary Broadway production at the Cort Theatre was nominated for a 2008 Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Play." Set in North London, the play has six characters: five men who are related-Max, a retired butcher, and Sam, a chauffeur, who are brothers; and Max's three sons, Teddy, an expatriate American philosophy professor; Lenny, who appears to be a pimp; and Joey, a would-be boxer in training who works in demolition; and one woman, Ruth, Teddy's wife. The play concerns Teddy's and Ruth's "homecoming," which has distinctly different symbolic and thematic implications. Considering the play while surveying Pinter's career on the occasion of its 40-anniversary production at the Cort Theatre, in The New Yorker, the critic John Lahr writes: "'The Homecoming' changed my life. Before the play, I thought words were just vessels of meaning; after it, I saw them as weapons of defense. Before, I thought theatre was about the spoken; after, I understood the eloquence of the unspoken. The position of a chair, the length of a pause, the choice of a gesture, I realized, could convey volumes" ("Demolition Man"). MAX, a man of seventyLENNY, a...
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