Christopher Prendergast, 14 November 1996
Show More Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson.
Bloomsbury, 872 pp., £25, September 1996, 0 7475 2719 9Show More
Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist by Anthony Cronin.
HarperCollins, 645 pp., £25, October 1996, 9780246137692Show More
The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett. Vol I: Waiting for Godot edited by Dougald McMillan and James Knowlson.
Faber, 472 pp., £75, March 1994, 0 571 14543 4Show More
The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett. Vol II: Endgame edited by S.E. Gontarski.
Faber, 276 pp., £50, November 1992, 0 571 14544 2Show More
The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett. Vol III: Krapp’s Last Tape edited by James Knowlson.
Faber, 286 pp., £50, May 1992, 0 571 14563 9Show More
Eleutheria by Samuel Beckett, translated by Barbara Wright.
Faber, 170 pp., £6.99, September 1996, 9780571178261Show More
“... You’re on earth, there’s no cure for that,’ says Hamm to Clov in Endgame. This is sometimes taken as a summary of what is alleged to be the distinctively bleak Beckettian world-view, but for it even to be a starter in this role, one would have to figure out what it means. For, as the philosopher Stanley Cavell observed, the meaning(s) will vary according to the stress-pattern the actor’s voice imposes on its principal terms; if, for example, on ‘cure’, this of itself would not preclude other worthwhile possibilities for our terrestial condition, and if on ‘that’, there could be an implicit invitation to countenance other-worldly aspirations ...”