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Sails of the Herring Fleet: Essays on Beckett (Theater: Theory/Text/Performance) Paperback – December 22, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Theater: Theory/Text/Performance
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (December 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472030019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472030019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,733,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blau (English and modern studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Nothing in Itself) is no stranger to the theater: he cofounded the Actor's Workshop of San Francisco and codirects the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center in New York. This collection of essays traces four decades of his work with Samuel Beckett, both as a director and a theoretician. The early essays are particularly interesting, for Blau directed Beckett's plays when they were practically unknown, including the now legendary production of Waiting for Godot that was given in San Quentin Prison. His elegy for Beckett is printed here, and readers of Roland Barthes will be interested in the essay on Beckett and Barthes, "The Punctum, the Pensum, and the Dream of Love." Recommended for university libraries and libraries with theater collections.DSusan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta Brine, Adrian & Michael York.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"As a record of Blau's long friendship with Beckett and as a lucid and insightful contextualization of his works within contemporary literary theory, "Sails of the Herring Fleet is a welcome addition to the library of Beckett criticism."

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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maria on January 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Editorial Review above says it all - suitable for university libraries only. And Mr. Blau is so big-headed too. And he thinks Beckett's own attempts at directing were too 'literal' whereas his, of course, are clever. Clever by extending the opening mime in Endgame to 12 minutes? Beckett shorted and simplified it, at the Schiller Theatre. Beckett thought Endgame should last 75 minutes, Blau 2 hours. Yawn, yawn.
Nothing more to say, as the book is unreadable to anyone outside the freemasonry of academia. You all ought to take a leaf out of the scientists' book; make yourself accessible, become 'sexy'. It really is not that difficult to speak simply; as Sam knew!
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