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A new, concise, critical biography of Samuel Beckett, one of the most innovative and influential, yet most private, literary figures of the twentieth century.
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Samuel Beckett

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Overview

A new, concise, critical biography of Samuel Beckett, one of the most innovative and influential, yet most private, literary figures of the twentieth century.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
“[The book] undoubtedly sheds light on the historical circumstances that informed [Beckett's] texts, and there are many interesting details that allow us to see his literary achievement more clearly.”
Irish Post
“This new biography . . . considers the writer's work in relation to the historical circumstances of his life and provides an original insight into one of Ireland's greatest writers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861897138
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: Critical Lives
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew Gibson is professor of modern literature and theory at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is coeditor of London from Punk to Blair and the author of Joyce’s Revenge: History, Politics and Aesthetics in “Ulysses” and James Joyce, also published by Reaktion Books.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction: Fuck Life

1        Arriving at an End: Ireland, 1906-28

2        Not Worth Tuppence: Paris and the École Normale Supérieure, 1928-30

3        The Ruthless Cunning of the Sane: London, 1933-5

4        Melancholia im dritten Reich: Germany, 1936-7   

5        Élimination des déchets: The War, Resistance, Vichy France, 1939-44

6        Indignités: Liberation, the Purge, de Gualle, 1944-9

7        Make Sense Who May: A World at Cold War, 1950-85

8        Where He Happened to Be: Capital Triumphans, 1985-9

Afterword: To Begin Yet Again

References

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Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

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