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16 Feb 1998
Samuel Beckett's bleak vision represents the attempts of an honest and heroic artist to find some hope in the no-man's-land of contemporary existence. His plays for the theatre and radio are imbued with listlessness, desolation and despair, but always some hope of redemption is to be found in the dogged stoicism and sardonic gallows humour of his characters. Like no other dramatist before him, or since, Beckett captured the pathos and ironies of modern life, yet still maintained his faith in man's capacity for compassion and survival, no matter how absurd his environment may have become.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (16 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571144861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571144860
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beckett complete dramas. 16 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are new to the works of Samuel Beckett then this is the best place to start in my opinion. There is nothing I can add which hasn't already been said about these dramas, only that they are quite short and moderately accessible but almost inexhaustable in their complexity. To describe these works as 'existentialist' really doesn't do them justice or decribe their nature to any deep degree. The plays are unique and must be experienced to be understood. Generally there is a quite dark tone to most of the works, sometimes obscenely disturbing, sometimes cynically funny but at times there are moments of true poetic beauty. I would strongly recommend these plays to anyone interested in drama of a more unconventional type. High points include - 'Waiting for Godot', 'Endgame', 'Krapp's last tape' and 'All that falls'. However, as a general warning, these are not uplifting plays, I myself found some of them sickening and disturbing in parts.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Compact, well presented collection of Beckett epic metamorphosis of modern theatre - from Godot to Ghost Trio. Plays following the more 'excepted structure' to works of silence and light. The only crit is the briefness of notes about first performances. Otherwise a must have for those intrested in exploring the limits of theatre.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! But BE WARNED! 30 April 2009
Format:Paperback
To be honest I struggled to give this a star rating. The content is nothing short of superb and deserves 5 stars any day of the week. The fact that all the plays are together makes comparison easy to do and it's nice to by unencumbered by critics' musings and prejudices. HOWEVER, the quality of the book is pretty shoddy. Mine is already starting to fall apart and pages are beginning to divorce themselves from the binding increasing persistence. If you're looking for something that will give you all of Beckett's plays, but don't need to preserve its structural integrity for too long, then it will do the job, but i recommend looking elsewhere if you want a copy that you feel deserves to be cherished!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear Faber & Faber... 21 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
... What happened?
You had the good idea of bringing together all the dramatic works of this brilliant author. You are generally able to produce a solid, tight paperback book (see the FF poetry volumes, for instance). What on earth possessed you to produce precisely this important and useful in edition in such an appallingly low quality? It is downright laughable, you can hardly open the book without another page falling out of it. Please make amends, soon.
In the meantime, I recommend everybody out there who cares enough about Beckett to be interested in his complete plays to buy the box-set of the Grove Centenary edition in paperback. That is, I grant you, a more expensive item to purchase, but by no means unreasonably so, and it will get you four nice volumes with Beckett's novels, shorter prose, and plays, but more importantly, the books won't fall apart in your hands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all there! 17 April 2012
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It does contain all of the pieces that I want to read, but the quality of the book print is poor i.e. missing words and weak/loose paper.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Agree with last review 9 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Just to echo the previous sentiments. Seminal works of drama but the book's binding falls to pieces within a couple of weeks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compact collection of the impressively bizarre 6 Jun 2012
By Chuumba
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So far it has proved a useful and interesting collection, it is legible and robust enough for both reading and reference. I wouldn't expect it to survive particularly long in the hands of a particularly excitable owner, but until my funds allow the an upgrade to a more appropriate leather-bound edition, as the works deserve, it looks set to last as long as my studies require.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Dramatic Works: Samuel Beckett 26 Feb 2014
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A thorough collection which could only have been enhanced by an introduction, maybe even to each play, I feel that context helps a lot in understanding these works, despite the calculated ambiguity in some of the settings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Badly bound but great value
Yeah it is quite badly bound, but not to the extent where it falls to pieces, you just have to be careful with it and not bend the pages too far back. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daisy
4.0 out of 5 stars Matches the expectations
As an object, has no remarkable features, it's a nice format, not too big a book, good sized font, but it has all of Beckett's dramatic works, which was the point.
Published 3 months ago by Orlando Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent collection
It shows exactly how Beckett used to work and - due to the fact that I also have the "Beckett on Film" DVD - I could use it as the basis to learn more about Beckett and his... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Astrid G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection
Bought for son for A level - nice to have all of the works in one volume- good for comparison and further reading!
Published 13 months ago by Ms Emily T Joffe
5.0 out of 5 stars all of his plays and more
great collection of plays, useful for uni students studying beckett, cheap and cheerful only problem might be it's studerness, t is a bulky book for something so small, pages will... Read more
Published 15 months ago by joel d-p
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition, exactly what I wanted
Needed this book for University and it arrived within a few days which was very good. Came in very good time, well presented and perfect condition. Very happy with my purchase :)
Published on 28 May 2011 by H*28
3.0 out of 5 stars Great plays - shame about the book
Beckett's plays are, for me, the best ever written. They sum up the whole of humanity in increasingly fewer words until we are made to feel simultaneously the most important and... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by Emmy
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