By S. E. Gontarski
S. E. Gontarski (ed.)
“On Beckett: Essays and Criticism” is the 1st number of writings concerning the Nobel Prize–winning writer that covers the whole spectrum of his paintings, and in addition provides a unprecedented glimpse of the non-public Beckett.
More has been written approximately Samuel Beckett than approximately the other author of this century – numerous books and articles facing him are in print, and the development keeps geometrically. “On Beckett” brings jointly one of the most perceptive writings from the massive quantity of scrutiny that has been lavished at the guy; as well as commonly learn essays there are contributions from extra imprecise resources, viewpoints now not usually visible. jointly they enable the reader to go into the area of a author whose paintings has left an influence at the attention of our time possibly unequalled by way of that of the other contemporary artistic imagination.
The members contain the names of lots of the minds of the 20th century who've grappled in print with the that means of the Beckett phenomenon. between them are some of the artists who had an incredible position in bringing Beckett’s paintings to the level and who labored side-by-side with Beckett, akin to Alan Schneider, Roger Blin, Herbert Blau and Jackie MacGowran. additionally integrated are the various top-rated writers of our time, whose stumble upon with the paintings of Beckett has produced lasting remark, similar to Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot and Martin Esslin. one of the famous Beckett students chanced on listed below are Ruby Cohn, Walter D. Asmus, and James Knowlson. An interview with Susan Sontag and William S. Burroughs completes the book.
The crucial Beckett: A Preface to the second one variation – S. E. Gontarski; A Beckett Chronology; Acknowledgments; Crritics and Crriticism: “Getting Known”– advent through S. E. Gontarski; PRELIMINARIES: Beckett and “Merlin” – Richard W. Seaver; Samuel Beckett and the visible Arts: The Embarrassment of Allegory – Dougald McMillan; while is the tip now not the top? the assumption of Fiction in Beckett – Wolfgang Iser; THE web page: “Murphy” and the makes use of of Repetition – Rubin Rabinovitz; “Watt” – Lawrence E. Harvey; “Mercier and Camier”: Narration, Dante, and the Couple – Eric P. Levy; Molloy’s Silence – Georges Bataille; the place Now? Who Now? – Maurice Blanchot; The Voice and Its phrases: “How It Is”– J. E. Dearlove; The Unnamable’s First Voice? – Chris Ackerley; among Verse and Prose: Beckett and the recent Poetry – Marjorie Perloff; “Worstward Ho” – Dougald McMillan; THE level: MacGowran on Beckett – interview by way of Richard Toscan; Blin on Beckett – interview through Tom Bishop; operating 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 final Tape” – Ruby Cohn; Literary Allusions in “Happy Days” – S. E. Gontarski; Counterpoint, Absence, and the Medium in Beckett’s “Not I” – Paul Lawley; practice session Notes for the German optimal of Beckett’s “That Time” and “Footfalls” – Walter D. Asmus; “Footfalls” – James Knowlson; Samuel Beckett and the artwork of Radio – Martin Esslin; mild, Sound, flow, and motion 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 via Victor Bockris; Notes on participants