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The Cambridge Companion to Beckett : Cambridge Companions to Literature - John Pilling

The Cambridge Companion to Beckett

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: John Pilling (Editor)

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Published: 16th May 1994
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The world fame of Samuel Beckett is due to a combination of high academic esteem and immense popularity. An innovator in prose fiction to rival Joyce, his plays have been the most influential in modern theatre history. As an author in both English and French and a writer for the page and the stage, Beckett has been the focus for specialist treatment in each of his many guises, but there have been few attempts to provide a conspectus view. This book provides thirteen introductory essays on every aspect of Beckett's work, some paying particular attention to his most famous plays (e.g. Waiting for Godot and Endgame) and his prose fictions (e.g. the 'trilogy' and Murphy). Other essays tackle his radio and television drama, his theatre directing and his poetry, followed by more general issues such as Beckett's bilingualism and his relationship to the philosophers. Reference material is provided at the front and back of the book.

'An invaluable addition to Beckett criticism ... an outstanding book, faultlessly edited and superbly presented ...'. Independent on Sunday

List of contributors
Preface
Chronology of Beckett's life
List of abbreviations
A note on titles
An endgame in aesthetics: Beckett as essayist
Beckett's English fiction
Three novels and four nouvelles
Waiting for Godot and Endgame: theatre as text
Stages of identity: from Krapp to Play
Beginning again: the post-narrative art of Texts for Nothing and How It Is
The mediated Quixote: the radio and television plays and film
Dead heads: damnation-narration in the `dramaticules'
Disabled figures: from the Residua to Stirrings Still
Beckett's poems and verse translations Roger Little
Beckett as director: the art of mastering failure
Beckett's bilingualism
Beckett and the philosophers
Further reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780521424134
ISBN-10: 0521424135
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 16th May 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 24.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41