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Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett Paperback – 24 Oct 2013


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Part of a landmark publishing project to publish edited and corrected texts of all of Beckett's works.

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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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Sublime work by a master 12 April 2014
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While the Grove Press "Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett" is a goldmine of great work, this edition dwarfs that rather slender "Collected" (somewhat curtailed, it seems, by the author's harsh judgments on what work passed muster). For me, the heights of Beckett's mastery were on display in the slimmer edition (his translations of "Zone," "The Drunken Boat," and "Long After Chamfort"), and his unimpeachable later works, the apex being "Roundelay", this edition holds many wonders that only the scholars and the lucky few who chanced upon them might know about (Tzara, Jarry, Michaux, Mallarmé, et al). Beckett's capacity to disrobe his own voice and come to the work of the writer being translated is exceptional -- and his later poems are further evidence of his moving ever toward the pure essentials, distilling, distilling. Read them, read them aloud, read them again. They are among the high points of literature.
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