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Beckett's 18th Century is the first book-length study of Samuel Beckett's affinity with the British 18th century and of the influence of its writers on his work. Reading Swift, Pope, Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Johnson, Gray, and other writers of this period, this study demonstrates how he was not only influenced by them, but interprets them for us in quite a modern way.
Author Biography: Frederik N. Smith is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2002|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
FREDERIK SMITH is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Table of Contents
|List of Plates||viii|
|1||Beckett Reads the Eighteenth Century||10|
|2||"Hiatus in MS": Swift and Beckett||27|
|3||Beckett and the Eighteenth-Century Novel||47|
|4||"Gentle Skimmer": Reader Entrapment in Swift, Fielding, Sterne, and Beckett||68|
|5||Beckett's Literary Gerontophilia||90|
|6||"My Johnson Fantasy"||110|
|7||Pope, Beckett, and the Aesthetics of Decay||132|
|A||Eighteenth-Century Items in Beckett's Library at His Death|
|B||Trinity Course of Study for English Honors|
|C||Beckett's Reading of British Literature, 1932-38|
|D||Allusions to English Literature in Beckett's Early Fiction|