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[Susan notes: Anyone whose work provokes even a few maddening letters will appreciate this answer.



These letters were actually written in November 1967, after Pinter's play opened on Broadway. I ut in current date just so the letter would appear at the top of the list.]

Submitted to Letters of Note but not published
06/20/2012
http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/06/are-you-supposed-to-be-normal.html

To the editor



Dear Sir,



I would be obliged if you would kindly explain to me the meaning of your play, The Birthday Party. These are the points which I do not understand:



1. Who are the two men?

2. Where did Stanley come from?

3. Were they all supposed to be normal?



You will appreciate that without the answers to my questions, I cannot fully understand your play.



Yours faithfully,



[Redacted]







Dear Madam,



I would be obliged if you would kindly explain to me the meaning of your letter. These are the points which I do not understand:



1. Who are you?

2. Where do you come from?

3. Are you supposed to be normal?



You will appreciate that without the answers to my questions, I cannot fully understand your letter.



Yours faithfully,





Harold PInter


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