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Harold Pinter wins Nobel literature prize

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct 13, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- British playwright Harold Pinter has been chosen to receive the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Pinter, who turned 75 Monday, was honored because he "in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms," the Swedish Academy said in a release announcing the prize.

The academy said Pinter is seen as the "foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century." His works includes "The Room," his first play, which was first produced in 1957. "The Caretaker," from 1959, is considered his breakthrough work. His most recently produced play was 2000's "Remembrance of Things Past."

"In fact, the continuity of his work is remarkable," the academy release said, "and his political themes can be seen as a development of the early Pinter's analyzing of threat and injustice."

Pinter will receive the Nobel Prize Dec. 10 in ceremonies in Stockholm. The award also includes a $1.3 million cash prize.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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