1930: Pinter is born in East London on Oct. 10.
1951: Starts his theatrical career as a 21-year-old actor, touring Ireland under the stage name David Baron.
1957: His first play, a one-acter called The Room, debuts at Bristol University. About a mysterious visitor to a down-at-heel apartment, it sets the tone for the major Pinter plays to come.
1958: First full-length work, The Birthday Party, is produced in London and closes after four performances. Critics are caustic, apart from the Sunday Times' Harold Hobson, who hails Pinter as a brilliant new...