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Novels II of Samuel Beckett

Novels II of Samuel Beckett( )
Author: Beckett, Samuel
Introduction by: Rushdie, Salman
Editor: Auster, Paul
ISBN:978-0-8021-1818-9
Publication Date:Mar 2006
Publisher:Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Imprint:Grove Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $24.00
Book Description:

Edited by Paul Auster, this four–volume set of Beckett's canon has been designed by award-winner Laura Lindgren. Available individually, as well as in a boxed set, the four hardcover volumes have been specially bound with covers featuring images central to Beckett's works. Typographical errors that remained uncorrected in the various prior editions have now been corrected in consultation with Beckett scholars C. J. Ackerley and S. E. Gontarski. "A man speaking English...
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Book Details
Pages:536
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Language Arts & Disciplines / Writing / Fiction Writing
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1.34 Inches
Book Weight:28.941 Pounds
Author Biography
Beckett, Samuel (Author)
Nobel Prize winner (1969) Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906 near Dublin, Ireland into a middle-class Protestant family. As a boy, he studied French and enjoyed cricket, tennis, and boxing. At Trinity College he continued his studies in French and Italian and became interested in theater and film, including American film.

After graduation, Beckett taught English in Paris and traveled through France and Germany. While in Paris Beckett met Suzanne Deschevaus-Dusmesnil. During World War II when Paris was invaded, they joined the Resistance. They were later forced to flee Paris after being betrayed to the Gestapo, but returned in 1945. Beckett and Deschevaus-Dusmesnil married in 1961.

Samuel Beckett's first novel was Dream of Fair to Middling Women. Among his many works are Murphy; Malone Dies; and The Unnameable. His plays include Endgame, Happy Days, Not I, That Time, and Krapp's Last Tape.

In 1953, the production of Waiting For Godot in Paris by director and actor Roger Blin earned Beckett international fame. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. His style was postmodern minimalist and some of his major themes were imprisonment in one's self, the failure of language, and moral conduct in a godless world.

Despite his fame, Samuel Beckett led a secluded life. In his later years he suffered from cataracts and emphysema. His wife Suzanne died on July 17, 1989 and Beckett died on December 22nd of the same year.

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