Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter

Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter


By (author) Lady Antonia Fraser

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  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese
  • Format: Hardback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 236mm x 23mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0385532504
  • ISBN 13: 9780385532501
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 638,724

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A moving testament to one of the literary world's most celebrated marriages: that of the greatest playwright of our age, Harold Pinter, and the beautiful and famous prize-winning biographer Antonia Fraser. In this exquisite memoir, Antonia Fraser recounts the life she shared with the internationally renowned dramatist. In essence, it is a love story and a marvelously insightful account of their years together, beginning with their initial meeting when Fraser was the wife of a member of Parliament and mother of six, and Pinter was married to a distinguished actress. Over the years, they experienced much joy, a shared devotion to their work, crises and laughter, and, in the end, great courage and love as Pinter battled the illness to which he eventually suc-cumbed on Christmas Eve 2008. "Must You Go? "is based on Fraser's recollections and on the diaries she has kept since October 1968. She shares Pinter's own revelations about his past, as well as observations by his friends. Fraser's diaries--written by a biographer living with a creative artist and observing the process firsthand--also pro-vide a unique insight into his writing. Harold Pinter and Antonia Fraser lived together from August 1975 until his death thirty-three years later. "O! call back yesterday, bid time return," cries one of the courtiers to Richard II. This is Antonia Fraser's uniquely compelling way of doing so.

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Author information

ANTONIA FRASER is the author of many internation-ally bestselling historical works, including "Love and Louis XIV," "Marie Antoinette," which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola, "The Wives of Henry VIII," "Mary Queen of Scots," and "Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot." She has received the Wolfson Prize for History, the 2000 Norton Medlicott Medal of Britain's Historical Association, and the Franco-British Society's Enid McLeod Literary Prize.

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"Glowing. . . . There's hardly a dull page." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times ""Entertaining and ultimately touching in its determination to recapture lost time, to portray a younger, more carefree self and to bring back a lost loved one, if only on the page." --Francine Prose, "New York Times Book Review ""A stirring celebration of what Fraser, reflecting near the end of Pinter's life, observed as a union 'to the infinite degree happy beyond all possible expectations.'" --"The New Yorker" "Bold, intimate, madly entertaining. . . . Fraser simultaneously creates a tender portrait of an exciting marriage, and a deliciously detailed account of living in the thick of creativity and fame. A" --"Entertainment Weekly ""An engrossing, anecdote-rich feat for theater lovers whose tastes extend beyond the glitter of Broadway. . . . The book ultimately sheds humanizing new light on a writer with a public reputation for his stern sense of ethics and the clammy, unsettling spell cast by his plays." "--"Charles Isherwood, " The New York Times " "It takes a daring biographer to turn her sharp eye on her own life as Antonia Fraser does so movingly and beautifully in her memoir "Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter." It's a compelling diary of a passionate love affair, marriage, and 40-year conversation of two soul mates in the milieu of London's chattering classes." "--"Tina Brown, " The Daily Beast " "Written with a very English, very literate brand of grace and restraint, Fraser's account of their life together (culled from her diaries) is fond and touching. But it's also a crisp, clear-eyed portrait of a shared life of creative work, political activism, wide-ranging travels, family -- not always smooth going, sometimes rocky and controversial, but remarkable and fascinating nonetheless. In short, theirs was a fine romance, and Fraser shares that with us." "--The Seattle Times " "Fraser has used more th