John Somers


University of Exeter, U.K.

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Cycnos | Volume 14 n°1

The Birthday Party: its origins, reception, themes and relevance for today

“The genesis of an ideaPinter wrote The Birthday Party1 during a flurry of activity in 1957 that also saw the creation of two other plays — The Room and The Dumb Waiter. Each of these plays is set in the calculated claustrophobia of a room, a room that provides inadequate protection for its residents, a room that represents a world awaiting or undergoing intrusion. As with many playwrights, notably his late contemporary, Samuel Beckett, Pinter refuses to explain what his plays are about. They are what they are and he vigorously rebuffs all attem...”

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