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HardCover. Pub Date :2012-07-05 Pages: 528 Language: English Publisher: Faber and Faber It was as a poet that Samuel Beckett launched himself in the little reviews of 1930s Paris. and as a poet that he ended his career.The Collected Poems is the most complete edition of Becketts poetry and verse translations ever to be published. as well as the first critical edition.It establishes a significant new canon. and the commentary draws on a wide range of published sources. manuscripts and Becketts extensive correspondence . The notes place each poem in context. detailing the history and circumstances of its composition; they indicate significant variants and help explain obscure turns of phrase and allusions (frequently sourced to Becketts notebooks); they also identify resonances between poems and across Becketts work as a whole.The commentary is written in a lively and engaging...
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Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn't published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.Review:
Praise for Collected Poems
"A totalizing project . . . one that, perhaps more realistically than his collected novels or dramas, opens the iris of history onto the great writer’s formal development." Flavorwire
"Collecting so many poems into a single volume makes it much easier to trace the patterns that are worked into Beckett’s imaginative DNA. . . . For anyone interested in the evolution of his plays, Beckett’s poems are essential reading. . . . Above all, we are given a bird’s-eye view of the process by which he made meaningful patterns out of his wordshed’." Telegraph
"[An] admirable, annotated scholarly edition. . . . Treasurable." The London Evening Standard
"The voice we hear exemplifies the stoic injunction Fail again. Fail better’ . . . but, more than that, it shows how beauty can be won from a vision as bleak as any other to be found in world literature." New Statesman
"[A] sumptuously annotated edition. . . . Beckett’s poetic successes, in any genre, are matters of musical cadence, of the rich interplay of sounds: they obey the Imagist prescription to compose in the rhythm of the musical phrase, not in that of the metronome. . . . Beckett’s poems trace in miniature his lifelong inability, despite his best efforts, to keep silent." The New Criterion
"Peculiar magic [and] genius imbues even the slightest lines." Times Literary Supplement
"Toweringly important . . . funny and bleak and overflowing with laughter in the dark and melancholy joy. Featuring copious notes and a buzzing introduction, this is a work of dazzling, still-fresh brilliance." Stuart Hammond
"Like [Beckett’s] prose, with which they have so much in common, the poems are instantly striking and mysteriously persistent in the mind and even the nerves." Derek Mahon
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Book Description London Faber and Faber Limited 2012, 2012. Condition: As New. First Edition, first impression, with printing sequence line '10987654321'. Publisher's deep blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine, and bright blue endpapers. Clear, removable, archival protective sleeve fitted to dust-jacket. Octavo. pp. xx, 500, . A book in Fine condition in a Fine dust-jacket which is not price-clipped. Seller Inventory # 102049
Book Description Faber and Faber, London, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Edited by Sean Lawlor and John Pilling, 1st Imp, unread, mint condition, not price clipped, no owner's name or other inscription, D/j protected by a clear removable sleeve. Seller Inventory # 04380
Book Description Faber and Faber 2012-07-05, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 0571249841. Seller Inventory # 696316