Waiting for Godot has become one of the most frequently discussed and influential plays in the history of the theater. This volume presents a comprehensive critical study of Samuel Beckett's first and most renowned dramatic work. Lawrence Graver discusses the play's background and provides a detailed analysis of its originality and distinction as a landmark of modern theatrical art. He also reviews some of the differences between Beckett's original French version and his English translation.
Preface; Chronology; Part I. En attendant Godot/Waiting for Godot: Genesis and Reception: 1. Beckett at the beginning; 2. Paris 1946–8; 3. Godot in Paris, London and New York; Part II. Approaching the Play: 4. The drama of unknowingness; 5. The caged dynamic; 6. Rituals and routines; 7. 'Godet … Godot … Godin … anyhow you see who I mean?'; 8. Pozzo and Lucky; 9. Lucky's 'think'; 10. Enter the Boy; 11. Act I/Act II - 'nothing happens, twice'; 12. Pozzo redux; 13. Vladimir's soliloquy, the boy again, the close of the play; Part III. Godot in French and in English; Part IV. The Presence of Godot … the Play in the Contemporary Theatre and Elsewhere: 14. The growing myth of Godot; 15. Godot and the popular imagination; 16. Godot and the contemporary theatre; Guide to further reading.