Steven Korn
December 25, 2008 AT 11:11 PM EST

Harold Pinter, the iconic British playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and two-time Oscar nominee (The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Betrayal) died of cancer on Dec. 24, according to CNN, citing U.K. media reports. His stage works, marked by verbal acrobatics and the loaded pause, include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and No Man’s Land (1974). Check back at for an appreciation of Harold Pinter’s legacy.

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