Harold Pinter wins the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature
It is fitting that this announcement was made today on Yom Kippur -- Pinter credits his passion and inspiration to his Jewish roots. The anti-Semitism he experienced and the bombing of London in WW II shaped many of his works.
Several screenplays bear Pinter's name, including The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Controversy swirled around Elfriede Jelinek, last year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Knut Ahnlund, an inactive member of the Academy, resigned on October 11th because of that choice.
Pinter is 75.