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Overview

This book provides thirteen introductory essays on every aspect of the work of Samuel Beckett, paying particular attention to his most famous plays (e.g. Waiting for Godot and Endgame) and his prose fictions (e.g. the "trilogy" and Murphy). Further essays tackle his radio and television drama, his theater directing and his poetry, followed by more general issues such as Beckett's bilingualism and his relationship to the philosophers. A chronology of Beckett's life, a list of French and English titles and a list for further reading provide additional reference material.

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"[C]onsideration of individual plays and the chapter on Beckett as director covers most that you want to know....[T]his is a terrific book." Small Press

"The authors constitute a distinguished group of international scholars, all of whom have published important work on Beckett...The essays are lucid and, though authoritative, not esoteric...The collection is meant for the general reader of Beckett and is highly recommended for all libraries." Choice

"In a relatively small space it provides a wealth of information about Beckett's oeuvre, and much that is of potential interest to the expert as well as to the newcomer." Roger Caldwell, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521424134
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; Chronology of Beckett's life; List of abbreviations; A note on titles; 1. An endgame in aesthetics: Beckett as essayist Rupert Wood; 2. Beckett's English fiction John Pilling; 3. Three novels and four nouvelles Paul Davies; 4. Waiting for Godot and Endgame: theatre as text Michael Worton; 5. Stages of identity: from Krapp to Play Paul Lawley; 6. Beginning again: the post-narrative art of Texts for Nothing and How It Is H. Porter Abbott; 7. The mediated Quixote: the radio and television plays and film Jonathan Kalb; 8. Dead heads: damnation-narration in the 'dramaticules' Keir Elam; 9. Disabled figures: from the Residua to Stirrings Still Andrew Renton; 10. Beckett's poems and verse translations Roger Little; 11. Beckett as director: the art of mastering failure Anna McMullan; 12. Beckett's bilingualism Ann Beer; 13. Beckett and the philosophers P. J. Murphy; Further reading; Index.

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