Pinterís Papers Saved in £1.1m British Library Deal???
Date: 12 December 2007
The letters, manuscripts, programmes, photographs, scrapbooks and even emails belonging to playwright Harold Pinter have been acquired ďfor the nationĒ by the British Library in a stonking £1.1m sale. The move means that the collection will remain in Britain, unlike David Hareís and Tom Stoppardís whose archives are housed at the University of Texas in Austin, USA. Pinterís collection contains more than 150 boxes of correspondence with leading theatrical figures over the past 50 years, including Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Noel Coward and Sarah Kane. Some 30-40 items will shortly go on display at the British Library next month. According to the Guardian, Pinter said yesterday: "I am delighted that the British Library has purchased my archive. I am very pleased indeed that it will stay in this country." Cataloguing the archive will take until the end of 2008.
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