Harold Pinter: Ashes to Ashes

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  • Mark Berninger (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz )

Ashes to Ashes (1996) is seen as one of Pinter’s most important plays by many critics. This relatively short, one-act play combines several of the themes that have dominated his earlier plays. It also displays his typical theatrical language in condensed form. Ashes to Ashes is thus a prototypical Pinter play.

Pinter’s playwriting career up to the 1990s is usually divided into three distinct stages, the first being the early phase of plays like The Birthday Party (1958), The Caretaker (1960), and The Homecoming (1965). These plays established the features that have become identified as typically “Pinteresque”: a theatrical format hovering halfway between social …

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Berninger, Mark. "Ashes to Ashes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2006
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