Honours and awards to Harold Pinter
Honours and awards to Harold Pinter lists (in chronological order) honours, awards, prizes, and honorary degrees received by English playwright Harold Pinter (1930–2008), which often acknowledge his international importance and his reach beyond national and regional boundaries.
Pinter declined a British knighthood in 1996, when it was offered to him on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II by British Prime Minister John Major, then leader of the Conservative Party. Despite his declining it, many in the media (both in the UK and elsewhere) still refer erroneously to Pinter as "Sir Harold Pinter."
In addition to having already been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1966, he accepted the award of Companion of Honour (CH) for services to Literature from the British monarch in 2002. He was presented the Nobel Prize in Literature in December 2005 and the French Légion d'honneur in January 2007.
He was awarded academic honorary degrees at the University of Leeds, in April 2007 (in person), at which its Humanities faculty processed in full academic garb solely to present the honorary doctorate to Pinter; at the University of Kragujevac, in Serbia; and at the University of Cambridge, in June 2008 (both of the latter in absentia). In December 2007, the British Library announced that it had acquired his literary archive for over £1.1 million (approx. US$2.24 million) on behalf of the British nation.
After having accepted the honorary presidency of the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London, in October 2008, he received an honorary fellowship during its honorary degree ceremony, also in absentia, due to ill health, on 10 December 2008, two weeks before his death from cancer on 24 December 2008.
Honours, awards, and prizes
- Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), 1966
- Shakespeare Prize (Hamburg), 1970
- European Prize for Literature (Vienna), 1973
- Pirandello Prize (Palermo), 1980
- Giles Cooper Award, 1981
- Order of Merit (Chile), 1992
- America Award, 1995
- The David Cohen Prize, 1995
- Honorary fellow of Queen Mary, University of London
- Laurence Olivier Special Award, 1996
- Molière d'honneur, Paris, in recognition of his life's work, 1997
- Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, 1997
- BAFTA Fellowship, 1997
- Companion of Literature, RSL, 1998
- The Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, 2000
- Brianza Poetry Prize (Italy), 2000
- South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, 2001
- S.T. Dupont Golden PEN Award, 2001 for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature
- "Premio Fiesole ai Maestri del Cinema", Italy, 2001
- World Leaders Award (World Leaders: A Festival of Creative Genius, Toronto), 2001
- Hermann Kesten Prize for outstanding commitment on behalf of persecuted and imprisoned writers, awarded by German PEN (Berlin), 2001
- Companion of Honour (CH) for services to Literature, 2002
- Diploma ad Honorem, Teatro Filodrammatici (Milan), 2004
- Evening Standard Awards, 50th Anniversary - Special Award, 2004
- Wilfred Owen Poetry Prize, 2005
- Franz Kafka Prize, 2005
- Nobel Prize in Literature, 2005
- Europe Theatre Prize, 2006
- Serbian Foundation Prize, 2006
- St. George Plaque of the City of Kragujevac, 2006
- Legion d'honneur, France, 2007
- University of Reading, 1970
- University of Birmingham, 1971
- University of Glasgow, 1974
- University of East Anglia, 1974
- University of Stirling, 1979
- Brown University, 1982
- University of Hull, 1986
- University of Sussex, 1990
- University of East London, 1994
- University of Sofia, 1995
- University of Bristol, 1998
- Goldsmiths, University of London, 1999
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2000
- University of Florence, 2001
- University of Turin, 2002
- National University of Ireland, 2004
- University of Leeds, 2007
- University of Kragujevac, 2008
- University of Cambridge, 2008
- Central School of Speech and Drama, 2008
- Characteristics of Harold Pinter's work
- The Harold Pinter Archive in the British Library
- List of people who have declined a British honour
- Michael White, "Queen's Birthday Honours: Arise Sir Mick, But Pinter Takes Surprise Top Honour", The Guardian 15 June 2002, accessed 16 December 2007.
- "Library Buys Harold Pinter Archive for £1m", The Daily Telegraph (London) 11 December 2007, accessed 16 December 2007, announcing the British Library's acquisition of his literary archive.
- Charlie Rose, in "A Conversation with Actor Ian McShane" (Max), Charlie Rose, PBS, broadcast of 24 March 2008, accessed 25 March 2008. ("A conversation with actor Ian McShane about his role in the 40th Anniversary Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming.")
- "Pinter Receives Honorary Degree", BBC News 13 April 2007, accessed 8 October 2007.
- "Doctor Honoris Causa honorary titles". University of Kragujevac official website. University of Kragujevac. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "News and Events: Cambridge Honorary Degrees 2008". 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-06-23. "Harold Pinter, playwright, actor and director (Doctor of Letters). ... Honorary Degrees [were] conferred at a special Congregation ... held in the Senate House on Monday 23 June." [Pinter did not attend the ceremony due to ill health.]
- "Degree Honour for Playwright Pinter". AOL (UK). 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2009-03-13.[dead link]
- "Central's 2008 Graduation Ceremony". Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London). 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-01-01. "Honorary Fellowships for Harold Pinter, Jo Brand and Penny Francis."[dead link]
- Mark Taylor-Batty, comp. "In Memoriam". Harold Pinter Society Webpages. The Harold Pinter Society and the University of Leeds. Retrieved 2009-01-01. "Harold Pinter - playwright, poet, actor, director, political activist - died on 24 December 2008, aged 78."[dead link][dead link]
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 1966. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- "South Bank Prize for Craig David", BBC News 25 January 2001, accessed 15 September 2007: "Harold Pinter - regarded by many as Britain's greatest living playwright - received the award for outstanding achievement." (Features photograph of Harold Pinter receiving the award for "outstanding achievement in the arts.")
- Leslie Kane (2004). "Introduction". The Art of Crime: The Plays and Film of Harold Pinter and David Mamet. Psychology Press. p. 2.
- "Golden Pen Award, official website". English PEN. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "Travel Advisory: Toronto Festival Honors 14 Leaders in the Arts", The New York Times 9 September 2001.
- "X Edition - pinter_motivazioni (Letter of Motivation)". Europe Theatre Prize (X. ed.), 2006. Web. 9 March 2009. (Italian and English). [Hyperlinked program and related events.]
- Billington, Michael. Harold Pinter. 2nd ed. London: Faber and Faber, 2007. ISBN 978-0-571-23476-9 (13). ISBN 0-571-17103-6 (10). Print. (The official authorized biography.) [Updated ed. of The Life and Work of Harold Pinter 1996. London: Faber and Faber, 1997.]
- The Swedish Academy. "Bio-bibliography": "Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize in Literature 2005". NobelPrize.org. The Swedish Academy and The Nobel Foundation, 2005. Web. 5 January 2009. (Contains both "Biobibliographical Notes" and "Bibliography", with the latter hyperlinked separately in site menu.)
- "Harold Pinter: Awards" – Biography at HaroldPinter.org: The Official Website of the International Playwright Harold Pinter. (Through 2007; periodically updated.)
- "Harold Pinter's Appearances, Publications, or Productions"[dead link] – Harold Pinter Society Webpage. (Periodically updated.)