In Beckett before Godot, John Pilling reevaluates the formative years of Beckett between the publication of his first work in 1929 and the composition late in 1946 of The Calmative, his last work before "the trilogy." Using a wealth of unpublished manuscripts and correspondence from around the world, Pilling offers for the first time a coherent critical narrative of Beckett's development during this long period of apprenticeship. Beckett before Godot modifies and enhances our understanding of one of this century's most influential authors.
'Anyone wishing to study Beckett before Godot will be indebted to Pilling for the wealth of material he has sifted and presented here.' Times Literary Supplement ' ... a fascinating ... study of the development of Beckett the literary writer.' Theatre Research International 'Beckett before Godot is a marvelous book. Pilling's reader comes away with a new appreciation for not only the text under discussion but also the struggles of the artist behind the text ... an insightful and demanding book.' The Beckett Circle 'Beckett Before Godot offers a much needed study of Beckett's 'formative years' from 1929 to 1946 ... Beckett Before Godot demonstrates meticulous scholarship, referring to the MacGreevy correspondence and to Knowlson's biography to provide contexts for the creation of specific works.' Theatre Research International