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Dream of Fair to Middling Women

Samuel Beckett

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ISBN 10: 0714542121 / ISBN 13: 9780714542126
Published by Calder Publications, London, 1993
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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In green hardcover with brown cloth back, with gilt titles on spine. In white unclipped pictorial dust jacket, with green and black titles. 241 pages. Book and dust jacket are both near fine, clean and unmarked. There is a previous owner's name and date on ffep. All proceeds from the sale of this item go to Amnesty International. Size: 8 1/2" x 5 3/4". Bookseller Inventory # 003624

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Title: Dream of Fair to Middling Women

Publisher: Calder Publications, London

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover with Cloth Back

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First UK Edition.

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This is Samuel Beckett’s first novel and literary landmark” (St. Petersburg Times) a savory introduction to the Nobel Prize winning author. Written in the summer of 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was poor and struggling to make ends meet, Dream of Fair to Middling Women offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. Later on, Beckett would call the novel the chest into which I threw all my wild thoughts.” When he submitted it to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous, or too risky, and it was sadly never published during his lifetime.

In this stunning first novel, Belacqua a young version of Molloy, whose love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and Alba wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final relapse into Dublin’,” says the New Yorker. Youthfully exuberant and visibly influenced by Joyce, Dream of Fair to Middling Women is a work of extraordinary virtuosity. Beckett delights in the wordplay and sheer joy of language that mark his later work. Above all in this handsomely bound hardcover edition, the story brims with the black humor that, like brief stabs of sunlight, pierces the darkness of his vision.

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"Dream of Fair to middling Women was the chest into which I threw my wild thoughts."

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