The Cambridge companion to Beckett /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Pilling, John.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: [Cambridge, England] ; [New York, NY, USA] : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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This collection is part of a distinguished series of "companions" published by Cambridge University Press. The amount of critical literature published on Beckett, of course, is enormous, but collections of essays such as this one are becoming increasingly useful (though they are plentiful: the bibliography of this book lists 20 such collections). As the preface to this book argues, the possibilities of a sound overview coming from a single author are imperiled by the expansion of schools of criticism and an accompanying narrowing of perspective. Thus, as this collection demonstrates, there is something to be gained from a company of commentators. The authors constitute a distinguished group of international scholars, all of whom have published important work on Beckett. Thirteen essays represent the breadth of Beckett's interests and work: five pieces on Beckett's essays, fiction, and post-narrative art; two on his major plays; two on his works for other media and his "dramaticules"; and single pieces on his poetry, on his work as a director, on his bilingualism, and on his relationship to the philosophers. The essays are lucid and, though authoritative, not esoteric. Each essay has its own list of further readings. The collection is meant for the general reader of Beckett and is highly recommended for all libraries. R. J. Lee; St. Olaf College

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