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The Cambridge Companion to Beckett

The Cambridge Companion to Beckett


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Rupert Wood, John Pilling, Paul Davies, Michael Worton, Paul Lawley, H. Porter Abbott, Jonathan Kalb, Keir Elam, Andrew Renton, Roger Little, Anna McMullan, Ann Beer, P. J. Murphy
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  • Date Published: March 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521424134


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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, first published in 1994, 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.

    • Coverage of all of Beckett's work, novels, and plays
    • Accessibly written by experts
    • Reference material includes chronology, list of French and English titles, further reading list
    • Beckett is the biggest modern writer in English and Drama departments (also French) - novels, poetry, and plays all covered here
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    'An invaluable addition to Beckett criticism … an outstanding book, faultlessly edited and superbly presented …'. Independent on Sunday

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    • Date Published: March 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521424134
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Chronology of Beckett's life
    List of abbreviations
    A note on titles
    1. An endgame in aesthetics: Beckett as essayist Rupert Wood
    2. Beckett's English fiction John Pilling
    3. Three novels and four nouvelles Paul Davies
    4. Waiting for Godot and Endgame: theatre as text Michael Worton
    5. Stages of identity: from Krapp to Play Paul Lawley
    6. Beginning again: the post-narrative art of Texts for Nothing and How It Is H. Porter Abbott
    7. The mediated Quixote: the radio and television plays and film Jonathan Kalb
    8. Dead heads: damnation-narration in the 'dramaticules' Keir Elam
    9. Disabled figures: from the Residua to Stirrings Still Andrew Renton
    10. Beckett's poems and verse translations Roger Little
    11. Beckett as director: the art of mastering failure Anna McMullan
    12. Beckett's bilingualism Ann Beer
    13. Beckett and the philosophers P. J. Murphy
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  • Editor

    John Pilling, University of Reading


    Rupert Wood, John Pilling, Paul Davies, Michael Worton, Paul Lawley, H. Porter Abbott, Jonathan Kalb, Keir Elam, Andrew Renton, Roger Little, Anna McMullan, Ann Beer, P. J. Murphy

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