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Samuel Beckett and the Pessimistic Tradition

Steven J. Rosen

ISBN 10: 0813008069 / ISBN 13: 9780813008066
Published by Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1976
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Title: Samuel Beckett and the Pessimistic Tradition

Publisher: Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1976

Book Condition:Fair

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Steven J. Rosen considers Beckett's relation to the pessimistic tradition in literature to be one of the central affirmations in his work. This book establishes the extent to which the style and content of Beckett's writing draws upon the chief tenet of the pessimistic tradition - that life is reiterated futility. Rosen traces through Beckett's philosophical allusions the highly selective derivations from the pessimistic tradition (pre-Socratics, Socratics, Cynics, Stoics, Indian and Christian sages, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Montaigne, Descartes, Proust and Sartres) and explores in detail the extreme and exhaustive treatment in his writings of the too-often-ignored thems and images that constitute the fascinating ideology of pessimism

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