Worton, M. (2008) Sifting clues to the mind of a literary genius: careful scrutiny of one of Beckett’s student’s old lecture notes offers an insight into the complex influences behind his work, writes Michael Worton. The Camden New Journal: The Review (211) II.
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Introduction: Most famous for plays such as Waiting for Godot, End Game and Happy Days, in which tramps philosophise about parsnips, aged parents live in rubbish bins, and a fadedly genteel lady sits buried to her waist in the sand endlessly deciphering the words on her toothbrush, Samuel Beckett has been described as one of the most pessimistic writers of modern times, yet his work also makes people laugh across the world. In these two highly readable books we are given insights into the complexity of both the man and his works.
|Title:||Sifting clues to the mind of a literary genius: careful scrutiny of one of Beckett’s student’s old lecture notes offers an insight into the complex influences behind his work, writes Michael Worton|
|Open access status:||An open access version is available from UCL Discovery|
|Additional information:||'The Review - Books' in The Camden New Journal no. 1362, July 31st 2008. A review of 'Beckett before Beckett: Samuel Beckett’s Lectures on French Literature' by Brigitte Le Juez, translated by Ros Schwartz, and 'Beckett/Beckett. The classic study of a modern genius' by Vivian Mercier.|
|Keywords:||Review, Samuel Beckett, Brigitte Le Juez, Rachel Burrows, Vivian Mercier|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of EU Langs, Culture and Society > French|
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