About the BookOne of the major writers of the twentieth century, Samuel Beckett created an extraordinarily original and influential body of prose and drama in both French and English. Born in Dublin in 1906, Beckett abandoned a promising academic career to spend most of his life in Paris, evolving his characteristi¬cally mordant treatment of boredom, bodily decrepitude and the absurdity of human existence. The critical success of En attendant Godot in 1953 (staged in London as Waiting for Godot in 1955) transformed him from a relatively obscure experimental writer into a world-renowned dramatist and novelist. Beckett received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969, and died in Paris in 1989. In this accessible guide to Beckett’s prose and drama, Sinéad Mooney offers a concise and informative account of the development of Beckett’s oeuvre across its two languages, from the erudite experiments of the early fiction through the major works and the radio and television plays, to the formidable minimalism of the late prose and drama.About the Author/sDr Sinead Mooney studied at University College Cork and Christ Church, Oxford. She is a lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has contributed several critical essays on Beckett to the Journal of Beckett Studies and Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, and is a member of the London Beckett Seminar and the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.
‘The best general introduction to Beckett I have ever read’, Professor Steven Connor