People: Oct. 24, 2005


Having written plays with cheery names like The Birthday Party and The Lover that are in fact the opposite of cheery, HAROLD PINTER, 75, could be thought of as a bit of a downer. But there was nothing grim about his reaction to the news that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The playwright told reporters he was "bowled over" by the $1.3 million award. He didn't mean it literally; the wound on his head came from a recent fall. Here's hoping we'll finally get a Pinteresque award-acceptance speech. Nothing says elation like tense silence and nameless...

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