World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-1946 by Lois Gordon
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World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-1946
By Lois Gordon

The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-1946

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World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-1946 by Lois Gordon

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Samuel Beckett, whose play Waiting for Godot was one of the most influential works for the post-World War II generation, has long been identified with the debilitated and impotent characters he created. In this provocative book, Lois Gordon offers a new perspective on Beckett, challenging the prevalent image of him as reclusive, self-absorbed, and disturbed. Gordon investigates the first forty years of Beckett's life and finds that he was, on the contrary, a kind and generous man who responded sensitively and even heroically to the world around him. Gordon describes the various places and events that affected Beckett during this formative period: war-torn Dublin during the Easter Uprising and World War I, where he spent his childhood and student days; Belfast and Paris in the 1920s and London during the Depression, where he lived and worked; Germany in 1937, where he traveled and witnessed Hitler's brutal domestic policies; prewar and occupied France, where he was active in the Resistance (for which he was later decorated); and the war-ravaged town of Saint-Lo in Normandy, which he helped to restore following the liberation. Gordon also portrays the individuals who were important to Beckett, including Jack B. Yeats, Alfred Peron, Thomas McGreevy, and, most significantly, James Joyce, who was a model for Beckett personally, artistically, and politically. Gordon argues convincingly that Beckett was very much aware of the political and cultural turmoil of this period and that the enormously creative works he wrote after World War II can, in fact, be viewed as a product of and testament to those tumultuous times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300074956
ISBN-10: 0300074956
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 262
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lois Gordon

Lois Gordon is professor of English and comparative literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University and co-author of American Chronicle, now in its third, expanded edition.

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