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Product Details

  • Paperback: 621 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (January 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802132871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802132871
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn't published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Keith Peters on August 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a very wise introduction to Samuel Beckett's work. If you haven't discovered one of the most profound voices of the 20th century, then this book is the way to do it. By far his most accessible work is the short play Krapp's Last Tape and it is in this volume complete. Waiting for Godot is also here as well as excerpts from Beckett's prose and some of his later plays like Not I. This book belongs on your shelf.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1997
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If you've never heard of Beckett, this is the first thing you should check out. Richard Seaver's introduction is an added bonus, which helps us understand Beckett even more. All in all, a fabulous book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "umd_cyberpunk" on August 2, 2001
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This book is a must have for any fan of great theater, intelligent novels, deep poetry, critical essays, or moving short stories: because it has all of them by the master of all of these genres.
From famous works such as, "Waiting for Godot," and "Krapp's Last Tape" (plays), that force a reader to rethink their world, to classic short stories, such as, "Dante and the Lobster," that is a dive into a surreal world: this book has everything.
1,000 words is not nearly enough to get into this book at any real depth, or to even give it a proper over view. This book covers the entire spectrum of one of Ireland's greatest writers.
Creater of the theater of the absurd, world renouned playwright, and man who single handedly made a place for the "shorter play," in a world that had come to expect a minimum of two acts, for a peice of drama to be considered serious.
This book contains novels, novel excerpts and short stories, all of which, redefined the genres that they belonged to. Prolific, constantly changing, and reaching new hights, Beckett redefined every genre that he wrote in, and set new levels of perfection for the rest of us to reach for.
One can not say enough things about this true literary genius. The best advice that I can give you is, buy this book, read it, and give yourself the perfect oppertunity to become aquainted with Beckett. This book gives a wondeful over view of each of Beckett's writing stages and the evolution of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Shyres on January 25, 2010
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I'm afraid my review won't do Beckett justice. So I'll simply say I was very fortunate to have a college professor years ago who asked us to read a few of these stories. Very rarely will you find a story (or group of stories) that makes you think about the world in an entirely new way. I knock the dust off this book about once a year to remind myself what a good writer Beckett was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hill on February 20, 2014
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Fine book for those who appreciate Samuel Beckett's writing. There is interesting biographical data and critique. Would have prefered a little less commentary and a little more Beckett.
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By bob phoenix on April 7, 2014
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You have to be a bit of a Beckett nut which means
the idealists and optimists will hate this stuff.
But I saw a staging of 'Waiting for Godot'
as a youth - its' mood has never left me. Godot
is in this volume - great!
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