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Irish dramatist and novelist Samuel Beckett received the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature for his highly acclaimed body of work, including the play Waiting for Godot, a staple of the modern stage. Harold Bloom introduces this collection of full-length critical essays on this influential author.
The Bloom's Modern Critical Views series presents critical portraits of the writers that are most widely read and studied in high schools and colleges. Each volume opens with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom in which he offers his insights into the author's work and an editor's note that comments on the individual analyses that follow. Also included are bibliographic references, notes on the various contributors, and a useful chronology of the writer's life. Bloom's Modern Critical Views is a critical presentation of those men and women who, from ancient times to the present, have shaped the Western literary tradition.
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955
Table of Contents
Editor's Note vii
Introduction Harold Bloom 1
Telling It How It Is: Beckett and the Mass Media Martin Esslin 13
"The More Joyce Knew the More He Could" and "More Than I Could": Theology and Fictional Technique in Joyce and Beckett Alan S. Loxterman 25
The Syntax of Closure: Beckett's Late Drama Hersh Zeifman 45
Caliban/Clov and Leopardi's Boy: Beckett and Postmodernism Giuseppina Restivo 61
The Language of Dreams: The Anatomy of the Conglomerative Effect Lois Gordon 75
Murphy and the World of Samuel Beckett Declan Kiberd 89
Disintegrative Process in Endgame Eric P. Levy 101
Beckett's "Beckett": So Many Words for Silence Enoch Brater 115
"Someone is looking at me still": The Audience-Creature Relationship in the Theater Plays of Samuel Beckett Matthew Davies 129