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The Expelled (Penguin Mini Modern Classics) Paperback – 15 Feb 2011


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (15 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141195797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141195797
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 16.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,116 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. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, in the late twenties, he went to Paris to join the staff of the École Normale Supérieure. He very soon made the acquaintance of James Joyce and his first published work was an essay on Joyce's Work in Progress (later Finnegans Wake). This was soon followed by an award-winning long poem, Whoroscope, and a critical monograph titled Proust. He briefly held a lectureship in French at Trinity College, but resigned from the post when he realized he was unsuited to teaching. From the spring of 1946 he elected to use French as his language of literary composition and, over the next five years, wrote two plays, four novels, poetry, criticism and four novellas in that language. With the production of En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot) in 1953, Beckett was finally recognized as a great artist. He died in Paris in December 1989 and is buried in Montparnasse.

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By M. J. Easton on 30 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
Stripped of all excesses, of all the facets and feelings and falsities that are attracted and multiplied by life, Beckett's writing portrays a scant, simplistic existence, and is much a pleasure to read as it is a trouble to behold.

The protagonist in both of this collection's pieces-the Expelled and First Love-is a wayward everyman: dark, brooding, possessed of a foreboding nihilism, and as far from the clutches of civilisation as from any wish or chance of salvation, if indeed there can be salvation from the roots of mankind.

Demonstrating that even in simplicity can lie an intricate and endless richness, this is, above all, reading for those who like their thoughts being rattled.
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Ideal for use as a study-text, such as in college or undergraduate courses. An interesting and slightly disconcerting read, but this edition is useful when one has no choice but to engage with Beckett's work.
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