The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett
By (author) Ronan McDonald
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Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett by Ronan McDonald
Book DescriptionThis is an eloquent and accessible introduction to one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. This book provides biographical and contextual information, but more fundamentally, it also considers how we might think about an enduringly difficult and experimental novelist and playwright who often challenges the very concepts of meaning and interpretation. It deals with his life, intellectual and cultural background, plays, prose, and critical response and relates Beckett's work and vision to the culture and context from which he wrote. McDonald provides a sustained analysis of the major plays, including Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days and his major prose works including Murphy, Watt and his famous 'trilogy' of novels (Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable). This introduction concludes by mapping the huge terrain of criticism Beckett's work has prompted, and it explains the turn in recent years to understanding Beckett within his historical context.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521547383
(228mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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An eloquent and accessible introduction to one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.
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Author Biography - Ronan McDonald
Ronan McDonald is a Lecturer in English at the University of Reading.
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