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Beckett's Eighteenth Century

Beckett's Eighteenth Century

by F. Smith

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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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ISBN-13: 9781349425228
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Edition description: 1st ed. 2002
Pages: 219
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 Platesviii
1Beckett Reads the Eighteenth Century10
2"Hiatus in MS": Swift and Beckett27
3Beckett and the Eighteenth-Century Novel47
4"Gentle Skimmer": Reader Entrapment in Swift, Fielding, Sterne, and Beckett68
5Beckett's Literary Gerontophilia90
6"My Johnson Fantasy"110
7Pope, Beckett, and the Aesthetics of Decay132
AEighteenth-Century Items in Beckett's Library at His Death
BTrinity Course of Study for English Honors
CBeckett's Reading of British Literature, 1932-38
DAllusions to English Literature in Beckett's Early Fiction

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