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Book display cases at the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, 7 December 2005
Harold Pinter delivering his Nobel Lecture: “Art, Truth and Politics” (photo credit: Janerick Henriksson), pre-recorded in a More 4 studio (Sun., 4 Dec. 2005) and shown on video at the Swedish Academy, in Börssalen, Stockholm, on Wednesday, 7 December 2005.
Harold Pinter delivering his Nobel Lecture: “Art, Truth and Politics” (photo credit: Janerick Henriksson), pre-recorded in a More 4 studio (Sun., 4 Dec. 2005) and shown on video at the Swedish Academy, in Börssalen, Stockholm, on Wednesday, 7 December 2005.

Welcome to my blog for “The Harold Pinter Bibliography (Searchable Digital Database) project.” I initiated it today after receiving an invitation to participate in the Day of DH 2016 Sites on April 8, 2016.  (I registered today in anticipation of that day.)

Information about this project is accessible via my profiles on two platforms:

On DHCommons, I explain the following:

[NB: This is the original description, posted in 2012 and still accessible on 8 April 2016; since then I have edited it and provided a link to this Day of DH 2016 site.]

I am exploring the feasibility of developing a searchable digital database for my “Harold Pinter Bibliography,” published in print in The Pinter Review by The University of Tampa Press (1987-2011). I am in the process of exploring feasible options for digital data conversion, institutional support, hosting, and external funding. I expect to be seeking collaborators for future development of this project. Information about the “Harold Pinter Bibliography” is accessible on my website (susanhollismerritt.org), which is hyperlinked in the Libraries and Academia subsection of Links at Harold Pinter’s official website (haroldpinter.org). (NB: Some URLs and other information throughout haroldpinter.org need to be updated. My own website went offline due to changes in its web hosting service. I hope to create a new website on another web hosting server. In the meantime, a [archived] version of my website (updated July 2013) is accessible via the Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20131204075251/http://www.susanhollismerritt.org/. It is linked to my name below.) At the 2013 Annual MLA Convention, in Boston, I participated in the pre-Convention DH Commons Workshop, including the sessions on Seeking Digital Humanities Funding, led by Jason Rhody (Senior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, NEH) and John Unsworth (Vice Provost for Library & Technology Services and Chief Information Officer, Brandeis University) and Project Management, led by Bethany Nowviskie (Director, Digital Research & Scholarship, University of Virginia Library; Associate Director, Scholarly Communication Institute, and President, Association for Computers & Humanities). Bethany has offered to serve as my DH Commons mentor. We are also members of MLA Commons (@ mla.org). Members of DH Commons and MLA Commons interested in collaborating with me on this project may contact me through either platform.

Susan Hollis Merritt

Members of the DH Day of 2016 community who may be interested in collaborating with me on this project (in the future) may contact me through this platform as well.

I am currently exploring some individual fellowship and grant opportunities to help fund creating the searchable digital database described, and I will be working toward meeting such deadlines.  The first deadline is towards the end of April 2016, so working on that application is what I expect to be doing on April 8.

Profile photo of Susan Hollis Merritt

Author: Susan Hollis Merritt

I earned my BA with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my MA and PhD in English from Indiana University Bloomington. My PhD dissertation is entitled "Fantasy behind Play: A Study of Emotional Responses to Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, and The Homecoming (diss. Indiana, 1973). For the next several decades, I taught courses in English and theater at a number of universities and colleges in the United States. My research on the criticism of Harold Pinter's work led me to participate as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow in the NEH Summer Seminar "New Directions in Literary Study," directed by the late much-esteemed Professor Ralph Cohen, at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. Supported by a yearlong NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, I began my work on my book Pinter in Play: Critical Strategies and the Plays of Harold Pinter (1990; Durham: Duke UP, 1995). My teaching and research and participation in Modern Language Association (MLA) conventions led to my becoming a charter member of the Society for Critical Exchange and a founding Life Member of the Harold Pinter Society (recently named the International Harold Pinter Society), both Allied Organizations of the MLA. I am the founding Bibliographical Editor of The Pinter Review, published in conjunction with the Pinter Society by the University of Tampa Press (1987-2011). Having participated recently in MLA workshops on Digital Humanities (see my profile on DH Commons), I am exploring the feasibility of developing a searchable digital database for my "Harold Pinter Bibliography," which I compiled for The Pinter Review. A list of my publications (including 14 installments of the bibliography) appears in the CV section of my (archived) website, which can be accessed at the following URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20131209045026/http://susanhollismerritt.org/_wsn/page3.html