Antonia Fraser
Historian, biographer, and novelist
Antonia Fraser
Dame Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, DBE, née Pakenham, is an Anglo-Irish author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction, best known as Lady Antonia Fraser. She is the widow of Harold Pinter (1930–2008), the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and, prior to her husband's death, was also known as Antonia Pinter.
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Antonia Fraser Cuts Ties To Man Booker Prize
Arts Journal - over 3 years
"Lady Antonia Fraser has resigned as an adviser to the Man Booker International Prize (she sits on its e-Council) because she was not consulted about the decision [to open the main prize to writers from all countries, including the U.S.]. 'I have resigned from the committee since I was not warned about this when I was asked to join in August,' she tells me." London Evening Standard 09/24/13
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ArtsBeat: Antonia Fraser Steps Down From Booker Prize Role
NYTimes - over 3 years
Ms. Fraser has resigned as an adviser to the Man Booker International Prize, after the related Man Booker Prize for Fiction recently loosened its eligibility requirements.     
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Sorab Shroff: Margaret Thatcher: Our Britannia, Our Chief of Men
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Margaret Thatcher is despised by many left-leaning Britons. However, how many of our former prime ministers are loved? We British have a need to take down uppity people. Margaret Thatcher, however, was something special. "The eyes of Calligula, the mouth of Marilyn Monroe," said Francois Mitterand of her. Her presence across the eighties was infuriating to some, intoxicating to others. Mention the word Thatcher in an article, essay or blog and the howling and hysteria begins. She began a social revolution - in more ways than one. She was fresh blood in a Conservative party that was stuffed with upper class grandees. A Lincolnshire grocer's daughter led this country for 13 years. During her initial stint as party leader, some fellow Tory MPs openly referred to her as 'Hilda' - her middle name - to mock her lower-middle class background. Because Margaret Thatcher was the first Western woman prime minister, the sheer visual example of a woman leading a nation helped us psy ...
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Authors call on party leaders to save libel reform
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Open letter from writers including Stephen Fry says defamation bill is in danger of being killed off by Leveson row Some of the Britain's most acclaimed authors and playwrights including Stephen Fry, Sir Tom Stoppard, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Ian McEwan and Sir Salman Rushdie have called on the main party leaders to honour their pledge and implement a defamation bill aimed at transforming 170-year-old laws they say have silenced scientists and authors as well as journalists and activists. In an open letter, the authors tell David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband they are "deeply concerned" that the bill is going to be killed off after three years going through the legislative process simply because it had become entangled in a political row over the Leveson report on press regulation in the past month. They said it was "entirely inappropriate, and even reckless, for libel reform to be sacrificed to the current political stalemate" in the letter, organised by the writers' ...
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David Hare: 'It's absurd, but I feel insecure' - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
But Pinter's widow, historian Lady Antonia Fraser, did, arguing in the award blurb: "In the course of his long, distinguished career, David Hare has never failed to speak out fearlessly on the subject of politics in the broadest sense
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Guardian first book award longlist: fiction takes lead - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Allardice is joined on the judging panel by the authors David Nicholls and Antonia Fraser, the critic Sarah Churchwell, Waterstone's Stuart Broom and Guardian deputy editor Katharine Viner. Supported by Waterstone's, the award is open to all first-time
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David Hare Named PEN/Pinter Prize Recipient - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
Lady Antonia Fraser, playwright Harold Pinter's widow, said in a statement, "In the course of his long, distinguished career, David Hare has never failed to speak out fearlessly on the subject of politics in the broadest sense; this courage,
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Hare wins Pinter literary prize - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Pinter's widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, said Sir David was a "worthy winner". He will be presented with his prize on 10 October at the British Library. The award will be shared with an imprisoned "writer of courage" who has been persecuted for speaking
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Untold Story 're-appraises' princess Di's future - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Biographer Antonia Fraser has described Monica Ali's new novel as both a thriller and a ghost story, a haunting re-fashioning of what might have unfolded if the late Diana, Princess of Wales, had not died, but had assumed a new life
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Gillon Aitken: A double tragedy for literary star - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Three years after the death of her husband Harold Pinter, Lady Antonia Fraser still finds it difficult to avoid weeping when she listens to the love poems he wrote to her. Actor Julian Sands is reciting his verses at the Edinburgh Festival,
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Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter - Jewish Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Some insights are culled from Pinter's second wife, Lady Antonia Fraser, whom he met at the end of a dinner party in 1975. His first three words to her were: "Must you go?" They became inseparable, says Sands, exchanging snippets of poetry on napkins
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Julian Sands in a Celebration of Harold Pinter - Big Issue in Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
The show combines biography, anecdotes and excerpts from the memoirs of Pinter's widow, Antonia Fraser, with performed readings of his poems and political writings (including his remarkable Nobel acceptance speech). What emerges is a touchingly
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Diana's life reimagined - London Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
Biographer Antonia Fraser has described Monica Ali's new novel as both a thriller and a ghost story, a haunting re-fashioning of what might have unfolded if the late Diana, Princess of Wales, had not died,
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Julian Sands celebration of Harold Pinter sure to delight fans of playwright - stv.tv
Google News - over 5 years
Reading Pinter's work aloud on stage, as well as extracts from his wife Antonia Fraser's memoir- and sharing his own thoughts on the playwright's work, I couldn't help but think Sands performance (boldly delivered with real passion and no small amount
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Edinburgh Festival 2011: Julian Sands on Pinter - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
“His poems after 1975, which is when he began his relationship with Antonia [Lady Antonia Fraser, the historian] are of a great clarity; they're not great long flowery sonnets but very precise, measured evocations of the human heart
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Uma romancista em busca da verdade histórica - Revista Época
Google News - over 5 years
... como o romance A outra, de Philippa Gregory (adaptado para o cinema em 2008, com Natalie Portman no papel de Ana Bolena), ou As seis mulheres de Henrique VIII, de Antonia Fraser – consultora da famosa série de televisão The Tudors (2007-2010)
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Bringing Harold Pinter home - The Birmingham Post
Google News - over 5 years
Pinter lived in Kensington splendour with his wife Antonia Fraser. The world's weak and dispossessed did not.) With his death from cancer two-and-a-half years ago, much of that tiresome badge-wearing bravado can now be forgiven, if not quite forgotten
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From Gurkhas to the Garrick: Lumley bids to join men-only club - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
Asked whether she endorsed Lumley's bid, Lady Antonia Fraser, the historian, who was the first woman to sit at the Garrick's Coffee Room centre table, said there were "many more important issues in the world today"
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Lady Antonia paints a doting picture of love - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
There are two excellent reasons to read this partial biography of the Nobel Laureate and playwright Harold Pinter through the diaries of his partner of 33 years, Lady Antonia Fraser. The first is the title, quoting the first
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Antonia Fraser
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 78
    A Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to literature.
    More Details Hide Details Lady Antonia Fraser's uncatalogued papers (relating to her "Early Writing", "Fiction", and "Non-Fiction") are on loan at the British Library. Papers by and relating to Lady Antonia Fraser are also catalogued as part of the Harold Pinter Archive, which is part of its permanent collection of Additional Manuscripts.
  • 2010
    Age 77
    At the Cheltenham Literary Festival on 17 October 2010, Lady Antonia announced that her next work would be on the subject of the Great Reform Bill 1832.
    More Details Hide Details She is no longer planning a biography of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland, as this subject has already been extensively covered. Fraser acknowledges she is "less interested in ideas than in 'the people who led nations and so on. I don't think I could ever have written a history of political thought or anything like that. I'd have to come at it another way.'"
    Fraser's memoir Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter was published in January 2010 and she read a shortened version as BBC Radio Four's Book of the Week that month.
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  • 1996
    Age 63
    Fraser served as editor for many monarchical biographies, including those featured in the Kings and Queens of England and Royal History of England series, and, in 1996, she also published a book entitled The Gunpowder Plot: Terror and Faith in 1605, which won both the St. Louis Literary Award and the Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Non-Fiction Gold Dagger.
    More Details Hide Details Two of the most recent of her thirteen non-fiction books are Marie Antoinette: The Journey (2001, 2002), which has been made into the film Marie Antoinette (2006), directed by Sofia Coppola, with Kirsten Dunst in the title role, and Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King (2006). She was a contestant on the BBC Radio 4 panel game My Word! from 1979 to 1990. She serves as a judge for the Enid McLeod Literary Prize, awarded by the Franco-British Society, previously winning that prize for her biography Marie Antoinette (2001).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 59
    More recently, Fraser published The Warrior Queens, the story of various military royal women since the days of Boadicea and Cleopatra. In 1992, a year after Alison Weir's book The Six Wives of Henry VIII, she published a book with the same title.
    More Details Hide Details She chronicled the life and times of Charles II in a well-reviewed 1979 eponymous biography. The book was cited as an influence on the 2003 BBC/A&E mini-series, Charles II: The Power & the Passion, in a featurette on the DVD, by Rufus Sewell who played the title character.
  • 1988
    Age 55
    From 1988 to 1989, she was president of English PEN, and she chaired its Writers in Prison Committee.
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  • 1983
    Age 50
    From 1983-84, she was president of Edinburgh's Sir Walter Scott Club.
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    She also has written detective novels; the most popular involved a character named Jemima Shore and were adapted into a television series which aired in the UK in 1983.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 47
    In 1980, after Merchant signed divorce papers, Fraser and Pinter married.
    More Details Hide Details After the deaths of both their spouses, Fraser and Pinter were married by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Michael Campbell-Johnson, in the Roman Catholic Church. Harold Pinter died from cancer on 24 December 2008, aged 78. Lady Antonia Fraser lives in the London district of Holland Park, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, south of Notting Hill Gate, in the Fraser family home, where she still writes in her fourth-floor study.
  • 1975
    Age 42
    In 1975, she began an affair with playwright Harold Pinter, who was then married to the actress Vivien Merchant.
    More Details Hide Details In 1977, after she had been living with Pinter for two years, the Frasers' union was legally dissolved. Merchant spoke about her distress publicly to the press, which quoted her cutting remarks about her rival, but she resisted divorcing Pinter.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 23
    From 1956 until their divorce in 1977, she was married to Sir Hugh Fraser (1918–1984), a descendant of Scottish aristocracy 14 years her senior and a Roman Catholic Conservative Unionist MP in the House of Commons (sitting for Stafford), who was a friend of the American Kennedy family.
    More Details Hide Details They had six children: three sons, Benjamin, Damian, and Orlando; and three daughters, Rebecca Fitzgerald, wife of barrister Edward Fitzgerald, QC, Flora Fraser and Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. All three daughters are writers and biographers. Benjamin Fraser works for JPMorgan, Damian Fraser is the managing director of the investment banking firm UBS AG (formerly S.G. Warburg) in Mexico, and Orlando Fraser is a barrister specializing in commercial law (Wroe). Antonia Fraser has 18 grandchildren. On 22 October 1975, Hugh and Antonia Fraser, together with Caroline Kennedy, who was visiting them at their Holland Park home, in Kensington, west London, were almost blown up by an IRA car bomb placed under the wheels of his Jaguar, which had been triggered to go off at 9 am when he left the house; the bomb exploded killing a noted cancer researcher, Gordon Hamilton Fairley. Fairley, a neighbour of the Frasers, had been walking his dog, when he noticed something amiss and stopped to examine the bomb.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1932.
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