Harold Pinter died December 24. The following are his obituaries from The London Times and The New York Times:
Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter dies
Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2005
Patrick Foster, Media Correspondent
Harold Pinter, universally acclaimed as one of the greatest British playwrights of his generation, has died.
The Nobel Prize winner lost his battle with cancer yesterday, his agent confirmed. He was 78.
Pinter, who also enjoyed success as a screenwriter for film and television, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, being hailed by the awarding committee as "the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century".
However he was too frail to travel to the ceremony, having been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in 2002 . . .
Harold Pinter, Nobel-Winning Playwright, Is Dead at 78
By MEL GUSSOW and BEN BRANTLEY
Published: December 25, 2008
Harold Pinter, the British playwright whose gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence made him the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation, died on Wednesday. He was 78 and lived in London.
The cause was cancer, his wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, said Thursday.
Mr. Pinter learned he had cancer of the esophagus in 2002. In 2005, when he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, he was unable to attend the awards ceremony at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm but delivered an acceptance speech from a wheelchair in a recorded video.
In more than 30 plays — written between 1957 and 2000 and including masterworks like “The Birthday Party,” “The Caretaker,” “The Homecoming” and “Betrayal” — Mr. Pinter captured the anxiety and ambiguity of life in the second half of the 20th century with terse, hypnotic dialogue filled with gaping pauses and the prospect of imminent violence . . .