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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

British Library acquires Harold Pinter's awards

The British Library has acquired the collection of awards and honours presented to writer and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter during the course of his long career. The UK national library - which acquired Pinter's archive in December 2007 - received the awards through the Acceptance In Lieu (AIL) scheme. Highlights of the collection include:

* Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize medal and diploma
* 1960 Evening Standard award for the best play of 1960 (for The Caretaker)
* The iconic bronze mask of the BAFTA fellowship, presented in 1996

HM Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme, managed by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is one of the primary ways of ensuring that important cultural treasures pass into the UK's public collections. In June the British Library acquired the archive of J G Ballard through the scheme. The awards include more than 50 medals, medallions, plaques and original artworks, of all shapes and sizes and testifying to the range and international profile of Harold Pinter's achievements. The Herman Kesten Medal - presented by German PEN in 1985 - recognises Pinter's work on behalf of persecuted and imprisoned writers, while the 2004 Wilfred Owen Prize was awarded in response to the controversial poems that expressed his opposition to the Iraq War

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