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Frescoes of the Skull: The Later Prose and Drama of Samuel Beckett

James Knowlson & John Pilling

1. Grove Press, 1979, ISBN 0394176103; Hardcover, Out of Print. [Browse/Search for a Copy]

2. Grove Press, 1980, ISBN 0394176103; Paperback, Out of Print. [Browse/Search for a Copy]

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Theatre of Shadows

Rosemary Pountney
Oxford University Press, 1999, ISBN 0861404076; Paperback $24.95 [Browse/Purchase]

To give the full title and subtitles: Theatre of Shadows: Samuel Beckett's Drama 1956-76: From "All That Fall" to "Footfalls" with Commentaries on the Latest Plays (Irish Literary Studies, 28). Details from the Publisher:

Theatre of Shadows both defines and takes as its subject the middle period of Samuel Beckett's dramatic writing. By making a close study of the structure, and of the largely unpublished manuscript drafts, of the plays written from 1956 to 1976, this book offers considerable insight into Beckett's creative process.

Theatre on Trail: Samuel Beckett's Later Drama

Anna McMullan
Routledge, 1993, ISBN 0415052025; Hardcover $100.00 [
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From the Publisher:

Theatre on Trial is the first full-length analysis of Samuel Beckett's later drama in the context of contemporary theatre. Anna McMullan uses close readings of the later plays as a springboard for the exploration of concepts of authority, voyeurism, gender, and the ideology of stage and TV space. McMullan also shows that an understanding of Beckett's theatrical practice foregrounds processes central to recent critical thinking on the subject.

Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett

John Pilling, editor.

1. Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN 0-521-41366-4; Hardcover $59.95. Out of Print. [Browse/Search for a Copy]

2. Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN 0-521-42413-5; Paperback $23.00 [Browse/Purchase]

From the popular and useful Cambridge "Companions to Literature" series. Details from the Publisher:

This book provides thirteen introductory essays on every aspect of the work of Samuel Beckett, paying particular attention to his most famous plays (e.g. Waiting for Godot and Endgame) and his prose fictions (e.g. the "trilogy" and Murphy). Further essays tackle his radio and television drama, his theater directing and his poetry, followed by more general issues such as Beckett's bilingualism and his relationship to the philosophers. A chronology of Beckett's life, a list of French and English titles and a list for further reading provide additional reference material.

A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett

Hugh Kenner
Syracuse University Press, Reprint 1996, ISBN 081560386X; Paperback $19.95 [Browse/Purchase]
From Syracuse University's "Irish Studies" series, this guide was authored by Joyce scholar Hugh Kenner, and was reprinted in 1996.

Godot Guides

Transformation of Godot

Frederick Busi
University Press of Kentucky, 1980, ISBN 081311392X; Hardcover $19.00. [Browse/Purchase]

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Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Harold Bloom & William Golding, editors.
Chelsea House, 1987, ISBN 1-55546-058-5; Hardcover $37.95 [Browse/Purchase]

From Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations series, No. 83vs.

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett; Lawrence Graver
Cambridge University Press
, 1989, ISBN 0-521-35775-6; Paperback $14.00 [Browse/Purchase]

Critical notes on the play.

Approaches to Teaching Beckett's Waiting for Godot

June Schlueter & Enoch Brater, editors.

1. MLA, 1991, ISBN 0-87352-541-8; Hardcover $37.50 [Browse/Purchase]

2. MLA, 1991, ISBN 0-87352-542-6; Paperback $18.00 [Browse/Purchase]

From the Modern Language Association of America's series, "Approaches to Teaching World Literature," No. 34. From the publisher:

Waiting for Godot offers as much of a challenge in the classroom today as it did to its early audiences in the 1950s. It has become "the centerpiece of a range of college and university courses. Whatever the context and approach, the play continues to yield readings that richly contribute to the study of both drama and culture," write June Schlueter and Enoch Brater, the book's editors. This volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first, "Materials," gives editions and productions, readings for students, reference works, background and critical studies, and audiovisual resources. The second part, "Approaches," contains twenty essays that situate the play in the Beckett canon, explore what it does rather than what it means, discuss its absurdity, put it in the context of contemporary drama, interpret it from different critical perspectives, examine its relation to Charlie Chaplin, compare its French and English texts, and share the pedagogical insights obtained by a teacher who directed it in a maximum-security prison in Florida.

Contributors: Stephen Barker, Linda Ben-Zvi, Katherine H. Burkman, Lance St. John Butler, Una Chaudhuri, Claudia Clausius, Ruby Cohn
Michael J. Collins, Kevin J. H. Dettmar, Martin Esslin, Stanton B. Garner, Jr., S. E. Gontarski, Sidney Homan, William Hutchings, Charles R. Lyons, J. Terence McQueeny, Kristin Morrison, Fred Miller Robinson, Dina Sherzer, Mary Scott Simpson, Toby Silverman Zinman

Readings on Waiting for Godot

Laura Marvel, editor.
Greenhaven Press, 2001, ISBN 0737704470; Paperback $22.45 [Browse/Purchase]

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Criticism Main Page -- Returns you to the Main Criticism page and the Quick Reference Card of titles.

Biography -- Beckett's life and times, as well as letters, conversations, and anecdotes.

General Criticism -- General literary criticism or commentary on Beckett and his writing.

Prose -- Guides and criticism for specific works of prose, critique, and poetry.

Specific Criticism -- Beckett criticism with a specific angle: existential, psychological, religious, nationalist, feminist, etc.

Theatre & the Arts -- Criticism and biography relating to Beckett in performance and non-print media.

Comparative -- Studies of Beckett in context with other authors or artists.

--Tim Conley
& A. Ruch
8 March 2003

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