A Personal Recollection Prompted by a Literary Anniversary


I have now reached an age at which the “cutting-edge” works of contemporary literature that I read as an undergraduate are starting to be regarded from a truly historical perspective.

For instance, this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the original staging of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. To mark the anniversary, the play is being staged at Trafalgar Studio One on London’s West End.

I was first introduced to Pinter’s work in a survey course on contemporary British literature. The assigned readings included three of his plays, one of which was The Homecoming. I still very vividly recall the experience of reading those plays for the first time. I was sitting in the university library’s “smoking room” and hoping to finish at least one of the plays before I went to work at my part-time job at a plant that did the laundry for about 40 hospitals located…

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