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New biography 'shows Harold Pinter's gentle side'

14th January 2010

The new biography written by Harold Pinter's widow sheds light on the playwright's private life, an expert has claimed.

Must You Go? by Antonia Fraser details her life with Pinter and draws from the diaries she kept throughout her 33-year relationship with him.

In the Guardian, author Michael Billington claimed that Fraser's account is a 'love story, an intimate portrait of a great writer and an exercise in self-revelation'.

Billington, who wrote the biography Harold Pinter, pointed out that Fraser explains how she and Pinter frequently butted heads over political issues, but also reveals touching details such as the playwright never sleeping on an argument with her.

He added: 'The book dispels the popular myth that Harold was the eternal grump and Antonia always the soothing diplomat.'

Billington also claimed that the new account shows that Pinter was a 'total romantic' and happy to indulge in self-mockery.

As well as the Pinter biography, Fraser has written numerous historical works, including Marie Antoinette, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scots.

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