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Tom Stoppard honoured with Pinter Prize

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Jul 30, 2013 | 11:11pm EDT

Oscar-winning screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard has been named the recipient of the 2013 PEN Pinter Prize. The Shakespeare in Love wordsmith will pick up the honour at the British Library in London on 7 October (13). The accolade was established in 2009 in memory of British Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter and has previously been awarded to screenwriter Sir David Hare and poet/playwright Carol Ann Duffy. After he was announced as this year's (13) winner, Stoppard revealed Pinter, who passed away in 2008, was one of the reasons he went into writing, adding, "I had the sense not to attempt a 'Pinter play', but in other respects, as the years went by, he became and remained a model for the kind of fearless integrity which PEN exists to defend among writers." The 76 year old will share the award with an "international writer of courage", chosen by him.

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