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The first collection of writings about the Nobel Prize–winning author that covers the entire spectrum of his work, and which also affords a rare glimpse of the private Beckett.


“On Beckett: Essays and Criticism” is the first collection of writings about the Nobel Prize–winning author that covers the entire spectrum of his work, and also affords a rare glimpse of the private Beckett. More has been written about Samuel Beckett than about any other writer of this century – countless books and articles dealing with him are in print, and the progression continues geometrically. “On Beckett” brings together some of the most perceptive writings from the vast amount of scrutiny that has been lavished on the man; in addition to widely read essays there are contributions from more obscure sources, viewpoints not frequently seen. Together they allow the reader to enter the world of a writer whose work has left an impact on the consciousness of our time perhaps unmatched by that of any other recent creative imagination.


The Essential Beckett: A Preface to the Second Edition – S. E. Gontarski; A Beckett Chronology; Acknowledgments; Crritics and Crriticism: “Getting Known”– introduction by S. E. Gontarski; PRELIMINARIES: Beckett and “Merlin” – Richard W. Seaver; Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts: The Embarrassment of Allegory – Dougald McMillan; When is the End Not the End? The Idea of Fiction in Beckett – Wolfgang Iser; THE PAGE: “Murphy” and the Uses of Repetition – Rubin Rabinovitz; “Watt” – Lawrence E. Harvey; “Mercier and Camier”: Narration, Dante, and the Couple – Eric P. Levy; Molloy’s Silence – Georges Bataille; Where Now? Who Now? – Maurice Blanchot; The Voice and Its Words: “How It Is”– J. E. Dearlove; The Unnamable’s First Voice? – Chris Ackerley; Between Verse and Prose: Beckett and the New Poetry – Marjorie Perloff; “Worstward Ho” – Dougald McMillan; THE STAGE: MacGowran on Beckett – interview by Richard Toscan; Blin on Beckett – interview by Tom Bishop; Working with Beckett – Alan Schneider; Notes from the Underground: “Waiting for Godot” and “Endgame” – Herbert Blau; Beckett Directs “Godot” – Walter D. Asmus; Beckett Directs: “Endgame” and “Krapp’s Last Tape” – Ruby Cohn; Literary Allusions in “Happy Days”  – S. E. Gontarski; Counterpoint, Absence, and the Medium in Beckett’s “Not I” – Paul Lawley; Rehearsal Notes for the German Premiere of Beckett’s “That Time” and “Footfalls” – Walter D. Asmus; “Footfalls” – James Knowlson; Samuel Beckett and the Art of Radio  – Martin Esslin; Light, Sound, Movement, and Action in Beckett’s “Rockaby”  – Enoch Brater; Beckett’s “Ohio Impromptu”: A View from the Isle of Swans – Pierre Astier; “Quad” and “Catastrophe” – S. E. Gontarski; CODA: Burroughs with Beckett in Berlin – edited by Victor Bockris; Notes on Contributors 

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On Beckett
On Beckett
Essays and Criticism
Edited and with an Introduction by S. E. Gontarski
Anthem Press An imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company www.anthempress.com
This edition first published in UK and USA 2012 by ANTHEM PRESS 7576 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA, UK or PO Box 9779, London SW19 7ZG, UK and 244 Madison Ave. #116, New York, NY 10016, USA
Copyright © S. E. Gontarski 2012
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The Essential Beckett: A Preface to the Second Edition S. E. Gontarski
A Beckett Chronology
Acknowledgments
Introduction Crritics and Crriticism: “Getting Known” S. E. Gontarski
Preliminaries Beckett andMerlin Richard W. Seaver Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts: The Embarrassment of Allegory Dougald McMillan When is the End Not the End? The Idea of Fiction in Beckett Wolfgang Iser
The Page MurphyRepetitionand the Uses of Rubin Rabinovitz Watt Lawrence E. Harvey
Mercier and Camier:Narration, Dante, and the Couple Eric P. Levy
Molloy’s Silence Georges Bataille
Where Now? Who Now? Maurice Blanchot
The Voice and Its Words:How It Is J. E. Dearlove
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The Unnamable’s First Voice?Chris Ackerley
ON BECKETT
Between Verse and Prose: Beckett and the New Poetry Marjorie Perloff
Worstward Ho Dougald McMillan
The Stage MacGowran on Beckett Interview by Richard Toscan Blin on Beckett Interview by Tom Bishop
Working with Beckett Alan Schneider
Notes from the Underground:Waiting for GodotandEndgame Herbert Blau
Beckett DirectsGodot Walter D. Asmus
Beckett Directs:EndgameandKrapp’s Last Tape Ruby Cohn
Literary Allusions inHappy Days S. E. Gontarski Counterpoint, Absence, and the Medium in Beckett’sNot I Paul Lawley Rehearsal Notes for the German Premiere of Beckett’s That TimeandFootfalls Walter D. Asmus Footfalls James Knowlson Samuel Beckett and the Art of Radio Martin Esslin Light, Sound, Movement, and Action in Beckett’sRockaby Enoch Brater
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Beckett’sOhio Impromptu:A View from the Isle of Swans Pierre Astier QuadandCatastrophe S. E. Gontarski
Coda Burroughs with Beckett in Berlin Edited by Victor Bockris
Notes on Contributors
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