By Matthew Feldman
"Beckett feedback has been vastly more advantageous, and infrequently chastened, by means of genetic scholarship, as this anthology... attests."--Andre Furlani, Modernism/Modernity
"This selection of essays... represents the main entire research of Beckett's dating to philosophy in print, how philosophical matters, conundrums, and subject matters play out amid narrative intricacies. the amount is therefore either an astonishingly entire evaluation and a chain of distinct readings of the intersection among philosophical texts and Samuel Beckett's oeuvre, provided via a plurality of voices and bookended by way of an ancient creation and a thematic conclusion."--S. E. Gontarski, Journal of Beckett Studies
"Helps us to think about not just how Beckett made use of philosophy yet how his personal concept could be understood philosophically."--Anthony Uhlmann, collage of Western Sydney
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Samuel Beckett, The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 1: 1929–1940, edited by Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Beckett’s first letter in this volume, dated “23/3/29” concerns his essay for Our Exagmination. I would like to thank Lois Overbeck for kindly reading a draft of this essay. Our Exagmination Round His Factification For Incamination of Work In Progress (Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1929). Beckett’s essay is pp. 1– 22. Donald Phillip Verene 53 right, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969 and having his own works become a subject of interpretation.
Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting 19 20 21 Bruno, Expulsion, 78.
In terms of the empirical, the first twelve chapters are concerned with the “meat and potatoes” of Beckett’s engagement with philosophy. It is now clear to scholars that Beckett’s substantial readings in and note-taking from Western philosophy occurred during a period of systematic self-education across the 1930s. Beckett read widely and took detailed notes from a number of key philosophers during this period, as is demonstrated by the ensuing contributions. While Beckett’s 19 Books: A Cultural History of Samuel Beckett’s “Interwar Notes” (London: Continuum, 2008).