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First Love [Hardcover]

Samuel Beckett
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Book Description

Jun 1973 0714509655 978-0714509655 first thus
A series of twelve short volumes brought out ten years
after the great writer's death, containing the best of his shorter

All are for sale individually as well as being part of this boxed set.
They have covers with the photographs of Samuel Beckett taken by the Irish
photographer John Minihan. Catching the author in different moods, these
photographs have become classics in their own right.

The twelve volumes included in the boxed set are:

1. Texts For Nothing

2. Dramatic Works and Dialogues

3. All Strange Away

4. Worstward Ho

5. Six Residua

6. For To End Yet Again

7. The Old Tune

8. First Love

9. As The Story Was Told

10. Three Novellas

11. Stirrings Still

12. Selected Poems

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd; first thus edition (Jun 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714509655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714509655
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,003,200 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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The 13 `Texts for Nothing' were written between 1947 and 1952, the years that produced `Waiting for Godot', the `Molly' trilogy of novels and other work, which can be described as the principal masterpieces of the author's middle period which brought him instant recognition and international acclaim after the many pre-war years of discouragement and lack of literary success. They are outbursts of great power and lucidity, reflecting his own sense of failure and of being a prisoner of malign forces that can be viewed metaphorically or theologically, expressing anger at the human condition and helplessness at his own. They are Promethean and typical of Beckett in thought, style and content. They are as quotable as the lines and sentiments of Shakespeare's finest works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Translated from the original by the author, `Premier Amour' is one of his earlier post-war novella. Following `Watt' and preceding `Molloy', `First Love' contains much of Samuel Beckett's special brand of black humour. The narrator, expelled on the death of his father from his room, takes refuge on a bench by a canal, meets a woman who takes him home and the events that follows are hilariously terrible. A comic and poignant, erotic and devastating novella. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
These short stories are a great starting place for anyone interested in exploring Beckett's prose, 'First Love' itself being a particular gem. They represent the start of a new creative period for Beckett, when his move to composition in French helped him to escape the anxiety of Joyce's influence. The stories in this volume are Beckett's own translations (with the help of Richard Seaver) of his original French tales. Translation has not diminished them, even if they are inescapably slightly different from their French incarnations. Overall, highly recommended. I'm sure anyone who has read any Beckett prose is desperate for more; similarly those who are as yet familiar only with the drama have a literary world which is as rich, if not more rich, still to discover.

PS. MUST give it 5 stars, since the 2 star rating here accompanies a glowing review - probably a typo, but we wouldn't want this to damage Beckett's reputation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real good read 4 Mar 2013
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It came on time and I read it over two days .it's a great read the four stories are connected so it covers both novellas and novel.a must for Beckett fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Genius of despair spares us not. 27 July 2001
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Readers of "Watt" will find the familiar cold comfort of isolation and despair that is unique to Beckett's view of the human condition. Abandon hope, all ye who would enter the world of these three novellas, the first Beckett wrote in French.
All three novellas cover the same single male animal condition; isolation, despair, hopelessness and curiosity as to why things are as such. It is the view that the corpse is superior to the living, and rotting flesh.
They provoke, they incite and they inspire. Could literature do more?
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2.0 out of 5 stars great literature 11 Oct 2002
The incandescent charm of Beckett's language had never been more apparent than in these small masterpieces, written under the shadow of the worst war in history. He brings to life a strange world of existentialist torment and aimless wandering with an almost incomprehensible ingenuity. The best of the stories is undoubtedly First Love where the apparent pointlessness of life shown in the other three novellas is thrown the challenge of what it is to be in love. The result is a compelling view of the humnan experience, regardless of the particular human beings being discussed. First Love has a subtlety and a tragic undertone which must have been particularly relevant to any post-war audience, but even today the power of these lost lives still evoke certain emotions that will make us all remember what life if really all about. These stories are at once cynically vulgar and beautifully elegiac. If Beckett had never written anything else, he would still have been one of the twentieth century's greatest writers.
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