Waiting for Godot

A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802198822

Category: Drama

Page: 128

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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century.” The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Author: Mark Taylor-Batty,Juliette Taylor-Batty

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441156100

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

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"An impressively complete survey of the play in its cultural, theatrical, historical and political contexts." - David Bradby, co-editor of Contemporary Theatre Review Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is not only an indisputably important and influential dramatic text -it is also one of the most significant western cultural landmarks of the twentieth century. Originally written in French, the play first amazed and appalled Parisian theatre-goers and critics before receiving a harshly dismissive initial critical response in Britain in 1955. Its influence since then on the international stage has been significant, impacting on generations of actors, directors and audiences.

Happy Days

A Play in Two Acts

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802144403

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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In Happy Days, Samuel Beckett pursues his relentless search for the meaning of existence, probing the tenuous relationships that bind one person to another, and each to the universe, top time past and time present. Once again, stripping theater to its barest essentials, Happy Days offers only two characters: Winnie, a woman of about fifty, and Willie, a man of about sixty. In the first act Winnie is buried up to her waist in a mound of earth, but still has the use of her arms and few earthly possessions—toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, small mirror, revolver, handkerchief, spectacles; in the second act she is embedded up to her neck and can move only her eyes. Willie lives and moves—on all fours—behind the mound, appearing intermittently and replying only occasionally into Winnie’s long monologue, but the knowledge of his presence is a source of comfort and inspiration to her, and doubtless the prerequisite for all her “happy days.”

No Exit and Three Other Plays

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre,Albert Camus

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101971231

Category: Drama

Page: 288

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4 plays about an existential portrayal of Hell, the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict and an arresting attack on American racism.

Waiting for Godot

Character Studies

Author: Paul Lawley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144111050X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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This book provides an introductory study of Beckett's most famous play, dealing not just with the four main characters but with the pairings that they form, and the implications of these pairings for the very idea of character in the play. After locating Godot within the context of Beckett's work, Lawley discusses some of the play's puzzles and difficulties-including the absent "fifth character", Godot himself.

Playwrights at Work

The Paris Review

Author: George Plimpton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 411

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The third installment in the Modern Library's Paris Review "Writers at Work" series, this is an all-new gathering of interviews with the most important and compelling playwrights of our time. Their singular takes on their craft, their influences, their lives, the state of contemporary theater, and the tricks of the trade create an illuminating and unparalleled record of the life of the theater itself. "At its best, theater is an antidote to the whiff of barbarity in the millennial air. 'My feeling is that people in a group, en masse, watching something, react differently, and perhaps more profoundly, than they do when they're alone in their living rooms,' Arthur Miller says here. In the dark, facing the stage, surrounded by others, the paying customer can let himself go; he is emboldened. The theatrical encounter allows a member of the public to think against received opinions. He can submerge himself in the extraordinary, admit his darkest, most infantile wishes, feel the pulse of the contemporary, hear the sludge of street talk turned into poetry. This enterprise can be joyous and dangerous; when the theater's game is good and tense, it is both." --from the Introduction by John Lahr


Waiting for Godot

form in movement

Author: Thomas Cousineau

Publisher: Twayne Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 136

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Describes the background of Waiting for Godot, discusses its themes, and looks at its critical reception

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape

Author: John Fletcher

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571197781

Category:

Page: 150

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Do you want to know why Beckett has become a figure of such continuing influence and importance in the theatre? Are you studying his plays and looking for help with interpretation? Do you teach Beckett and need a reliable guide to his plays? A Faber Critical Guide to Samuel Beckett's major work gives all this and more: An introduction to the distinctive features of the playwright's work The significance of the playwright in the context of modern theatre A detailed analysis of each of the classic plays: language, structure and character features of performance select bibliography Compiled by experts in their field, for use in classroom, college or at home, Faber Critical Guides are the essential companions to the work of all leading dramatists. Also in this series: Faber Critical Guides to the major works of Sean O'Casey, Brian Friel, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Author: Wassily Kandinsky

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048613248X

Category: Art

Page: 96

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Pioneering work by the great modernist painter, considered by many to be the father of abstract art and a leader in the movement to free art from traditional bonds. 12 illustrations.

Three Novels

Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802198297

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Few works of contemporary literature are so universally acclaimed as central to our understanding of the human experience as Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s famous trilogy. Molloy, the first of these masterpieces, appeared in French in 1951. It was followed seven months later by Malone Dies and two years later by The Unnamable. All three have been rendered into English by the author.

Collected Shorter Plays

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571229147

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Page: 316

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Ths volume contains all of Beckett's less-than-full-length works (or 'Dramaticules') for the stage, radio and television. Arranged in chronological order of composition, these shorter plays demonstrate the laconic means and compassionate ends of Beckett's dramatic vision.Contents: All That Fall, Act Without Words, Krapp's Last Tape, Roughs for Theatre, Embers, Roughs for Radio, Words and Music, Cascando, Play, Film, The Old Tune (adapted from Pinget), Come and Go, Eh Joe, Breath, Not I, That Time, Footfalls, Ghost Trio, ...but the clouds..., A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, Quad, Catastrophe, Nacht und Traume, What Where.

The Complete Short Prose of Samuel Beckett, 1929-1989

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802198430

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett was one of the most profoundly original writers of the 20th century. He gave expression to the anguish and isolation of the individual consciousness with a purity and minimalism that have altered the shape of world literature. A tremendously influential poet and dramatist, Beckett spoke of his prose fiction as the "important writing," the medium in which he distilled his ideas most powerfully. Here, for the first time, his short prose is gathered in a definitive, complete volume by leading Beckett scholar S. E. Gontarski.

Absurdity in Samuel Becketts "Waiting for Godot"

Author: Lea Lorena Jerns

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656666016

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 21

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,0, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Innovative Twentieth-Century Theatre, language: English, abstract: In what way does Samuel Beckett create absurdity in his play "Waiting for Godot" and what is it that makes the “game” with the absurdity so unique and therefore Samuel Beckett’s play to one of the most authentic representatives of the "Theatre of the Absurd"? Samuel Beckett was born in 1906 in Dublin and died in 1989 in Paris. He was an Anglo-Irish author and wrote in French as well as in English. Furthermore, he wrote poems and novels and worked as a theatre director. Samuel Beckett is considered the master of absurdity. (cf. Schwanitz 323) The central theme in his works is the meaninglessness of the human existence. (cf. Wunderlich) He was friends with James Joyce and was impressed by Joyce’s “stream of consciousness” – a special literary method that James Joyce used. The idea of the “stream of consciousness” is an on-going process of associating things, i.e. the idea of getting inside into the uncontrolled process of thinking of a person. Waiting for Godot (1954) is Beckett’s translation of his own original French version that is called "En attendant Godot" (1952). In 1969 he received the Nobel Price for Literature, but he did not accept the price because people thought "Waiting for Godot" would be a potential religious play. According to Beckett that was wrong and that is why he decided to refuse the price. Finally, Samuel Beckett was the most unique, singular writer in English/French since 1945.


Leaf Storm

and Other Stories

Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006075155X

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Contains Leaf Storm, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, Blacaman the Good, Vendor of Miracles, The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship, Monologue of Isabel Watching It Rain in Macondo, Nabo


Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

Author: John Keller

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719063138

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

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This book presents a comprehensive, and highly original argument about the fundamental literary value and the underlying psychological meaning of Beckett's work.

A Course of Severe and Arduous Trials

Bacon, Beckett and Spurious Freemasonry in Early Twentieth-century Ireland

Author: Lynn Brunet

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118540

Category: Art

Page: 210

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The artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) and the writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) both convey in their work a sense of foreboding and confinement in bleak, ritualistic spaces. This book identifies many similarities between the spaces and activities they evoke and the initiatory practices of fraternal orders and secret societies that were an integral part of the social landscape of the Ireland experienced by both men during childhood. Many of these Irish societies modelled their ritual structures and symbolism on the Masonic Order. Freemasons use the term 'spurious Freemasonry' to designate those rituals not sanctioned by the Grand Lodge. The Masonic author Albert Mackey argues that the spurious forms were those derived from the various cult practices of the classical world and describes these initiatory practices as 'a course of severe and arduous trials'. This reading of Bacon's and Beckett's work draws on theories of trauma to suggest that there may be a disturbing link between Bacon's stark imagery, Beckett's obscure performances and the unofficial use of Masonic rites.