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Beckett before Godot - John Pilling

Beckett before Godot

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Published: 29th July 2004
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In Beckett before Godot, John Pilling (editor of the Cambridge Companion to Beckett) re-evaluates 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 Using a wealth of unpublished manuscripts and correspondence from around the world, Pilling offers a detailed account of Beckett's early psychological and aesthetic development, and shows how his artistic growth was paradoxically linked to the likelihood of failure, to which he was always temperamentally attracted. Pilling's treatment of the first two decades of Beckett's career as a writer offers for the first time a coherent critical narrative of his development during this long period of apprenticeship. Beckett before Godot links biographical fact with a series of powerful close readings to modify and enhance 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

Introduction
1929âÇô1932
Dante Bruno Vico Joyce and Assumption: âÇ the prospect of self-extensionâÇÖ
From a view to a kill: Proust and Le Concentrisme
Dream of Fair to Middling Women: âÇ a solution of continuityâÇÖ
1932âÇô1936
More poems than precipitates: towards EchoâÇÖs Bones and beyond
In the interval: More Pricks Than Kicks
Beckett as bookman: the reviews
Figure and ground: Murphy
1937âÇô1946
Dissonance: 1937âÇô1940
Watt and Watt not
Texts for something: âÇ a universe becomes provisionalâÇÖ
Mercier et Camier and the nouvelles: âÇ the vicissitudes of the roadâÇÖ
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521604512
ISBN-10: 0521604516
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 29th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43