A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett / Edition 1

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Samuel Beckett, who wrote everything both in French and English, specialized in short enigmatic texts, implying vast visionary works of which the stories are broken pieces. Kenner's guide is designed to help readers see beyond the story in Beckett to the text as a whole and to appreciate the uniqueness of each of his works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815603863
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Chronology of the Works 19
1 Waiting for Godot 23
2 Early life and poems 39
3 Early stories 49
4 Murphy 57
5 Watt 72
6 Mercier et Camier 83
7 The Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable 92
8 Stories and Texts for Nothing 116
9 Endgame 120
10 Krapp's Last Tape 129
11 How It Is 136
12 Happy Days 147
13 Play 153
14 Radio, Television, Film: All That Fall, Embers, Eh Joe, Film, Words and Music, Cascando 159
15 Come and Go 174
16 Queer Little Pieces: Enough, Imagination Dead Imagine, Ping, The Lost Ones, Lessness 176
17 Retrospect 183
Notes on the Text 197
Biographical Note 199
Bibliography 201
Index of Works and Characters 203
General Index 206
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