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Beckett's Books.

Beckett's Books

Matthew Feldman

The Continuum International Publishing Group

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One of the outstanding literary figures of the 20th Century, Samuel Beckett and his work is an aspect of every college and university English Literature curriculum. Of special note is the body of scholarly analysis of his work between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II and his views propagating what is termed by scholarship as an 'art of failure' in his works. "Beckett's Books: A Cultural History of the Interwar Notes" is an informed and informative monograph by Matthew Feldman (Promising Research Fellow at University College, Northampton) who bases his keenly insightful literary analysis of recently available notebooks and transcriptions compiled by Beckett from 1929-1940. These are hitherto unavailable primary resource documents providing insights and information on Beckett's working methods, original sources and literary development. "Beckett's Books" is the a seminal study and a classic example of how archival discoveries contribute to the fundamental transformation of our understanding of equally seminal figures in English literature. "Beckett's Books" is a work of superlative scholarship and a welcome addition to academic library collections in general, and Samuel Beckett studies in particular.

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Title Annotation:Beckett's Books: A Cultural History of the Interwar Notes
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Aug 1, 2009
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