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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

British Library acquires Harold Pinter archive

The archive of Britain's leading playwright and writer, the 2005 Literature Nobel Laureate, Harold Pinter, has been acquired by the British Library. This pre-eminent archive comprising over one hundred and fifty boxes of manuscripts, scrapbooks, letters, photographs, programmes, and emails offers an invaluable resource for researchers and scholars of Pinter's work for stage, cinema, and poetry. The collection of correspondence completes the Pinter archive of playscripts that has been on loan by the playwright to the British Library since 1993. The entire archive has been purchased for the nation for GBP1.1million with the aid of a grant of GBP216,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and generous grants from Dr Alice Griffin, American Trust for the British Library, Michael Marks Charitable Trust, other private trusts and donors in addition to British Library funds

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