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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is one of the most important twentieth century writers. Seen as both a modernist and postmodernist, his work has influenced generations of playwrights, novelists and poets. Despite his notorious difficulty, Beckett famously refused to offer his readers any help in interpreting his work. Beckett's texts examine key philosophical-humanist questions but his writing is challenging, perplexing and often intimidating for readers. This guide offers students reading Beckett a clear starting point from which to confront some of the most difficult plays and novels produced in the twentieth century, texts which often appear to work on the very edge of meaninglessness. Beginning with a general introduction to Beckett, his work and its contexts, the guide looks at each of the major genres in turn, analyzing key works chronologically. It explains why Beckett's texts can seem so impenetrable and confusing, and focuses on key questions and issues. Giving an accessible account of both the form and content of Beckett's work, this guide will enable students to begin to come to grips with this fascinating but daunting writer.

Book News Annotation:

Boulter (English, U. of Western Ontario) has written a guide for students negotiating their way through Samuel Beckett's complex and difficult plays and novels. The author provides a general introduction to Beckett and his work, and an analysis of each of the key works in major genres. Dramas covered include Waiting for Godot and Endgame, and prose examples include Beckett's first trilogy of novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Written in clear, accessible language, this guide challenges and encourages students to grapple with the difficult ideas and questions posed by Becketts texts.

Synopsis:

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is one of the most important twentieth century writers. Seen as both a modernist and postmodernist, his work has influenced generations of playwrights, novelists and poets. Despite his notorious difficulty, Beckett famously refused to offer his readers any help in interpreting his work. Beckett's texts examine key philosophical-humanist questions but his writing is challenging, perplexing and often intimidating for readers. This guide offers students reading Beckett a clear starting point from which to confront some of the most difficult plays and novels produced in the twentieth century, texts which often appear to work on the very edge of meaninglessness. Beginning with a general introduction to Beckett, his work and its contexts, the guide looks at each of the major genres in turn, analyzing key works chronologically. It explains why Beckett's texts can seem so impenetrable and confusing, and focuses on key questions and issues. Giving an accessible account of both the form and content of Beckett's work, this guide will enable students to begin to come to grips with this fascinating but daunting writer.

Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: Drama2. Waiting for Godot and Endgame 3. Krapp's Last Tape, Happy Days, Play, Not IPart II: Prose4. Murphy and Watt5. Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable6. Texts for Nothing, The Second Trilogy7. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826481955
Author:
Boulter, Jonathan
Publisher:
Continuum
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Beckett, Samuel - C
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Guides for the Perplexed
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.32 x 5.36 x 0.59 in

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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is one of the most important twentieth century writers. Seen as both a modernist and postmodernist, his work has influenced generations of playwrights, novelists and poets. Despite his notorious difficulty, Beckett famously refused to offer his readers any help in interpreting his work. Beckett's texts examine key philosophical-humanist questions but his writing is challenging, perplexing and often intimidating for readers. This guide offers students reading Beckett a clear starting point from which to confront some of the most difficult plays and novels produced in the twentieth century, texts which often appear to work on the very edge of meaninglessness. Beginning with a general introduction to Beckett, his work and its contexts, the guide looks at each of the major genres in turn, analyzing key works chronologically. It explains why Beckett's texts can seem so impenetrable and confusing, and focuses on key questions and issues. Giving an accessible account of both the form and content of Beckett's work, this guide will enable students to begin to come to grips with this fascinating but daunting writer.
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