Tony Harrison

British poet and playwright

1937   -  

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Leeds, Leeds Grammar School
occupation: poet, writer, playwright, screenwriter, translator, theater director
award received: PEN Pinter Prize, Cholmondeley Award, Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, Popescu Prize, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Tony Harrison (born 30 April 1937) is an English poet, translator and playwright. He was born in Leeds and he received his education in Classics from Leeds Grammar School and Leeds University. He is one of Britain's foremost verse writers and many of his works have been performed at the Royal National Theatre. He is noted for controversial works such as the poem "V", as well as his versions of dramatic works: from ancient Greek such as the tragedies Oresteia and Lysistrata, from French Molière's The Misanthrope, from Middle English The Mysteries. He is also noted for his outspoken views, particularly those on the Iraq War. In 2015, he was honoured with the David Cohen Prize in recognition for his body of work.
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