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British Library takes ownership of Harold Pinter's awards

20th October 2010

The collection of awards and honours received by writer Harold Pinter has been acquired by the British Library.

Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize medal and diploma, the bronze mask of the BAFTA fellowship he was presented with in 1996 and the 1960 Evening Standard award he won for The Caretaker are among the highlights of the set.

The library, which became home to Pinter's archive in December 2007, took ownership of the awards and trophies through the government's Acceptance In Lieu initiative, which was established to ensure cultural gems remain in UK public collections.

Lady Antonia Fraser, Pinter's widow, said that the author would have approved of the collection being given to the institution.

'He was extremely proud of his awards but even prouder of his manuscripts, already in the British Library. He used to say that the manuscripts earned the awards so it is right that they should be together,' she explained.

Last month, the British Library acquired a collection of letters that were sent by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, the former's sister.
 

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