This morning brings news reports of another important performing arts archival acquisition. The British Library has purchased the complete archive of playwright Harold Pinter for £1.1 million. The complete text of the BL press release may be read here.

It is instructive to note the different manner in which the story has been covered in Great Britain and the United States respectively, with the Guardian being representative of the former and the New York Times of the latter. The Guardian emphasizes the heroic efforts that went into “saving” the collection for a (presumably grateful) nation, while the NYT blandly, but decisively, eliminates any such display of emotion and only includes the story in its “Arts, Briefly” section.

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