The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett Paperback
The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984.
It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio. 'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention.
In the modern history of literature he is a unique moral figure, not a dreamer of rose-gardens but a cultivator of what will grow in the waste land, who can make us see the exhilarating design that thorns and yucca share with whatever will grow anywhere.' - Hugh Kenner Contents: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, All That Fall, Acts Without Words, Krapp's Last Tape, Roughs for the Theatre, Embers, Roughs for the Radio, Words and Music, Cascando, Play, Film, The Old Tune, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Breath, Not I, That Time, Footfalls, Ghost Trio,...but the clouds..., A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, Quad, Catastrophe, Nacht und Traume, What Where.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 05/01/2006
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780571229154
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Review by quantum_flapdoodle
These are the complete plays of the master playwright. Not quite as good to read as they are to watch, because of the strong visual element, but in reading them, the word play is easier to follow, so there is a trade-off either way. The only thing I caution to those reading these works - don't try to force them into any preconceived notions of what a play can be, or you will be disappointed. Beckett was a man with his own style, and his brilliance can be missed by people who aren't prepared for unusual theatre.