SAMUEL BECKETT SERIES:

    Waiting for Godot

      Samuel Beckett
Waiting for Godot

From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century.”

The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

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    First Love and Other Shorts

      Samuel Beckett
First Love and Other Shorts

This new collection brings together "First Love", "The Calamative", "The End" and "The Expelled"; these four novellas are among the first major works of Beckett's decision to use French as his language of literary composition. Rich in verbal and situational humour, they offer a fascinating insight into many of the issues which preoccupied Beckett all his working life. As the first novella reveals, nobody writes with quite such cruel and unnervingly clever wit as Beckett...


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    The Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett

      Samuel Beckett
The Collected Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett

'Beckett reduces life, perception, and writing to barest minimums: a few dimly seen, struggling torsos; a hopeless intelligence compulsively seeking to come to terms, in rudimentary yet endlessly varied language, with the human condition they represent. Within these extraordinary limitations, Beckett's verbal ability nonetheless generates great intensity.'--Library Journal


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    The Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989

      Samuel Beckett
The Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989

Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett is one of the most profoundly original writers of our century. He gives expression to the anguish and isolation of the individual consciousness with a purity and minimalism that have altered the shape of world literature. A tremendously influential poet and dramatist, Beckett spoke of his prose fiction as the "important writing, " the medium in which his ideas are most powerfully distilled.

Here, for the first time, his short prose is gathered in a definitive, complete volume by leading Beckett scholar S. E. Gontarski. In the introduction, Gontarski discusses Beckett's creative roots in the tradition of Irish storytelling and the perpetual evolution of his writing as he "pushed beyond recognizable external reality and discrete, recognizable literary characters, replacing them with something like naked consciousness or pure being." From the 1929 "Assumption, " published in transition magazine when Beckett was twenty-three, to the aptly named "Stirrings Still, " written whe he was eighty-two, and including a new translation of "The Image" as well as the newly translated and previously unpublished "The Cliff, " Gontarski has arranged Beckett's work into a smooth chronology that suggests, as he puts it, "Beckett's own view of his art, that it is all part of a continuous process, a series."


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    Endgame & Act Without Words

      Samuel Beckett
Endgame & Act Without Words

Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature n 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time. "Endgame, " originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. A pinnacle of Beckett's characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.


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    Mercier and Camier

      Samuel Beckett
Mercier and Camier

One of the most accessible examples of Samuel Beckett’s dark humor, Mercier and Camier is the hilarious chronicle of its two heroes’ epic journey. While their travels are fraught with complications and intrigue, Mercier and Camier at least “did not remove from home, they had that good fortune.”


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    Stories and Texts for Nothing

      Samuel Beckett
Stories and Texts for Nothing

This volume brings together three of Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s major short stories and thirteen shorter pieces of fiction that he calls “texts for nothing.” Here, as in all his work, Beckett relentlessly strips away all but the essential to arrive at a core of truth. His prose reveals the same mastery that marks his work from Waiting for Godot and Endgame to Molloy and Malone Dies. In each of the three stories, old men displaced or expelled from the modest corners where they have been living bestir themselves in search of new corners. Told, “You can’t stay here,” they somehow, doggedly, inevitably, go on.


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    Disjecta: Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment

      Samuel Beckett
Disjecta: Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment

“[Beckett] is a serious writer with something serious to say about the human condition: and therefore one of the dozen or so writers those who are concerned with modern man in search of his soul should read.”—Stephen Spender, The New York Times

Renowned Beckett scholar Ruby Cohn has selected some of Beckett's criticisms, reviews, letters, and other unpublished materials that shed new light on his work.


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    How It Is

      Samuel Beckett
How It Is

Published as Comment c’est in French in 1961, and in Beckett’s English in 1964, How It Is divides into three equal parts and is composed throughout in brief unpunctuated paragraphs. These tell of a narrator crawling in darkness, repeating his life as he hears it, obscurely uttered by another voice. The telling is tirelessly explicit about the feelings that pervade this world, but fragmentary and vague about all else.

Together with Molloy, Samuel Beckett’s How It Is counts for many readers as his greatest novel. It is also his most innovative and challenging, both stylistically and for its extreme furthering of the vision of a self in reduced circumstances, inaugurated in his earlier sequence of novels (Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable).


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    More Pricks Than Kicks

      Samuel Beckett
More Pricks Than Kicks

Fiction. "More Pricks Than Kicks", Beckett's early tragicomic masterpiece, is a collection of stories about Belacqua, a student in Dublin in the twenties, his adventures, encounters and amours, that through its original style and wry commentary succeeds in turning everyday incidents into high drama and lets us see street and university life through the observant and caustic wit of the author. Highly enjoyable to read, it delights in exuberant language and the pleasure of discovery, very typical of the young writer who in the post-war years was to astonish the world with Waiting for Godot and Molloy. First published in 1934, "More Pricks Than Kicks" is Beckett's second work of fiction. It serves as an excellent introduction to the later work of one of the most seminal and exciting major writers of the twentieth century.


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    Eleuthéria

      Samuel Beckett
Eleuthéria

Beckett reúne en esta obra en tres actos todos los ingredientes de la dramaturgia burguesa : trama, personajes, conflictos, situaciones, diálogos y convenciones, para someterlos a una sarcástica operación de desguace. El joven Victor Krap ha abandonado, sin motivo aparente, su hogar, su familia, su trabajo, su novia... y se ha recluido en un miserable cuartucho de pensión para alcanzar una imposible libertad (en griego, Eleutheria). Allí acudirá una insólita galería de personajes -incluidos un espectador y un torturador chino-, que intentarán que Victor se explique para que la obra tenga sentido.

Eleutheria apareció de improviso en Francia en febrero de 1995, rodeada de cierto recelo. Y es que, estando vivo, Samuel Beckett jamás la quiso publicar, y dejó encargado a su albacea literario, el editor Jérôme Lindon, fundador y director de Les Editions de Minuit, que nunca sacara a la luz. Beckett jamás renegó de su primer trabajo en lengua francesa, escrito en 1947, pero sí creía que se trataba de una obra imperfecta que no debía ser presentada al público. Sin embargo, hoy, Jean-Pierre Thibaudat escribe en Libération : «En los años cincuenta, aun cuando no fuera una obra maestra, la lectura de Eleutheria habría podido ser -y lo es ahora- absolutamente excitante-.

Lindon, «descubridor» de Beckett, su editor fiel, amigo y confidente, conservó, pues, respetuosamente el manuscrito original durante cuarenta años, ignorando, u olvidadando tal vez, que otro editor, que había publicado su obra en Estados Unidos, disponía de una copia que le había entregado el propio Beckett en un momento de dificultad del editor y, por lo visto, de generosa debilidad del autor. Durante dos años Lindon intentó evitar que su colega norteamericano publicara la versión inglesa de Eleutheria, pero, finalmente, al fracasar en el intento, consideró más justo que saliera primero en la lengua original.


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    Echo's Bones

      Samuel Beckett
Echo's Bones

'Echo's Bones' was intended by Samuel Beckett to form the 'recessional' or end-piece of his early collection of interrelated stories, More Pricks Than Kicks, published in 1934. The story was written at the request of the publisher, but was held back from inclusion in the published volume. 'Echo's Bones' has remained unpublished to this day, and the present edition will situate the work in terms of its biographical context, its Joycean influences, and as a vital link in the evolution of Beckett's early work.

The editor, Mark Nixon, is director of the Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading.


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    Texts for Nothing and Other Shorter Prose 1950-1976

      Samuel Beckett
Texts for Nothing and Other Shorter Prose 1950-1976

This is the last of three volumes of collected shorter prose to be published in the Faber edition of the works of Samuel Beckett which already includes a volume of early stories (The Expelled/The Calmative/The End/First Love) and of late stories (Company/Ill Seen Ill Said/Worstward Ho/Stirrings Still). The present volume contains all of the short fictions some of them no longer than a page written and published by Beckett between 1950 and the early 1970s. Most were written in French, and they mostly belong within three loose sequences: Texts for Nothing, Fizzles and Residua. The edition also includes two remarkable independent narratives: From an Abandoned Work and As The Story Was Told. All of these texts, whose unsleeping subject is themselves, demonstrate that the short story is one of the recurrent modes of Becketts imagination, and occasions some of his greatest works.

...he would like it to be my fault that words fail him, of course words fail him. He tells his story every five minuts, saying it is not his, there's cleverness for you. He would like it to be my fault that he has no story, of course he has no story, that's no reason for trying to foist one on me...


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    Molloy

      Samuel Beckett
Molloy

Molloy is Samuel Beckett’s most celebrated novel, and his first published work to be written in French, ushering in a period of concentrated creativity in the late 1940s and early 1950s which included the companion novels Malone Dies and The Unnamable .

The tale of Molloy, old and ill, remembering and forgetting, scarcely human, begets a double plot involving the spinsterish Moran, a private detective sent to search him out, whose own deterioration during the quest shadows that of the hero.

Above all, the eponymous narrator of Molloy calls into being a world and its tribulations at the end of a pencil, with finicking and irresistible certainty, while trading larger uncertainties with the reader.


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    Watt

      Samuel Beckett
Watt

Fiction. WATT was the beginning of Samuel Becket's post-war literary career, the fruition of the years in hiding in the Vaucluse mountains from the Gestapo, which also largely inspired WAITING FOR GODOT. But it remains, unlike the work that followed it, extremely Irish, a philosophical novel full of the grim humour that was already his trade-mark in such earlier fictions as MORE PRICKS THAN KICKS and MURPHY. The perambulations of WATT, especially in the home of the eccentric Mr. Knott, and the sketching of logic to elicit meaning, must be among the most comic inventions of modern literature. First published by the libertine Olympia Press in 1953 it has established itself as one of the most quoted and best-loved of Becket's novels. The typographical oddities and omissions are as Beckett left the text.


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    Worstward Ho

      Samuel Beckett
Worstward Ho

Beckett's second last prose text, Worstward Ho, is a novella written in 1983, shortly after the largely autobiographical Company and an ironic theological speculation, both previously published as the first two parts of a late trilogy of short novels. The concentration of language and precision of description in the current work is revolutionary, even for Beckett, the great reshaper of literary expression, and its theme is the creation of life, as if by a malignant God or Demiurge. Life, against all possibility, finally exists, and man becomes a painful presence. It is one of the supreme poetic texts of the 20th century.


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