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Description - Beckett's Eighteenth Century by Frederik N. Smith

Beckett's Eighteenth Century is the first book-length study of Samuel Beckett's affinity with the British eighteenth century and of the influence of its writers on his work. Reading Swift, Pope, Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Johnson, Gray, and other writers of this period, this study demonstrates how he was not only influenced by them but interprets them for us in a quite modern way. Beckett's uniqueness is not questioned here, but this uniqueness is shown, paradoxically, to have its roots at least in part in his native literature of two centuries ago.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780333925393
ISBN-10: 0333925394
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Pages: 229
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Frederik N. Smith

FREDERIK SMITH is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.