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Author: Vivian Mercier
Publisher: souvenir Press
Pages: 254
Genre: Literary
This classic study of Samuel Beckett has never been surpassed. Vivian Mercier came from the same background as Beckett and his personal approach is combined with an original and skilled discussion of the paradoxes at the heart of Beckett's writing - Ireland/the world, intellect/emotion, artist/philosopher. No other critic so lucidly understands the many facets of Beckett's erudition - his use of mathematics, debt to Racine, the influence of art and music. He also gives an irreverent study of Beckett's portrayal of women. The wealth of learning in the book, along with its personal tone, brings a fresh appreciation of Beckett's writing.
ISBN: 9780285630109
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