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Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett
  

Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett

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Primarily known as a playwright, Samuel Beckett sought to, and arguably succeeded in, redefining literature. It is as a poet he started, and throughout his life amassed a catalogue of prose, poetry, plays and criticism. Whether you are new to Beckett, partially read, or a Beckettian guru, this comprehensive collection, assisted by contextual notes and cross-referential allusions, is intended for everyone. As a poet, Beckett is hard to define. Some say he is the epitome of late-modernism, some, post-modernism. Yet this collection is a testament to the nature of the Nobel Prize winning writer; he cannot be categorised, he stands alone, he is simply Samuel Beckett.

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Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett

It was as a poet that Samuel Beckett launched himself in the little reviews of 1930s Paris, and as a poet that he ended his career. The Collected Poems is the most complete edition of Beckett's poetry and verse translations ever to be published, as well as the first critical edition. It establishes a significant new canon, and the commentary draws on a wide range of published sources, manuscripts and Beckett's extensive correspondence. The notes place each poem in context, detailing the history and circumstances of its composition; they indicate significant variants and help explain obscure turns of phrase and allusions (frequently sourced to Beckett's notebooks); they also identify resonances between poems and across Beckett's work as a whole. The commentary is written in a lively and engaging style and is intended equally for the general reader, the student of modernism and the Beckett specialist.

About the Author

Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn't published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Samuel Beckett

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Hardback

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9780571249848

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