The Collected Shorter Plays

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Grove Press, 2010 - Drama - 318 pages
"[Beckett] never set out to be a revolutionary but rather to investigate the particular advantages of theater for his characteristic meditations on being, dubious presence, seriocomic desolation, and the artistic imperative to `fail again, fail better.' In the process, though, he ended up turning the theater world---famously liberal politically yet notoriously conservative regarding received forms---on its head."---Jonathan Kalb, The New York Times

A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Samuel Beckett is recognized as one of the pivotal geniuses of modern literature. He was a minimalist master and produced some of his most highly regarded work for the stage in the form of the short play. This complete and definitive collection of twenty-five plays and "playlets" includes Beckett's celebrated Krapp's Last Tape, Embers, Cascando, Play, Eh Joe, Not I, and Footfalls, as well as his mimes, all his radio and television plays, his screenplay for Film, his adaptation of Robert Pinget's The Old Tune, and shorter dramatic works written later in his life, Catastrophe, What Where, Quad, and Nacht und Traume (Night and Dreams).

"I think there are perhaps four playwrights of the twentieth century that we could not have done without: Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, and Beckett. I think if you've got those four, you've got the century covered." ---Edward Albee

"After Godot, plots could be minimal, exposition expendable, characters contradictory, settings unlocalized, and dialogue unpredictable. Blatant farce could jostle tragedy."---Ruby Cohn
 

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User Review  - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com

I included this because many of the shorter plays by Beckett, along with the radio and television ones, were not available for inclusion on LibraryThing. Many of them are whimsical and not all of them ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

It's Beckett. It's brilliant. But I repeat myself. Don't try to understand the deeper meanings, don't try to fit these plays into a formula, don't try to figure out which of the 'stories' they fit ... Read full review

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Contents

ALL THAT FALL
ACT WITHOUT WORDS I
ACT WITHOUT WORDS II
KRAPPS LAST TAPE
ROUGH FOR THEATRE I
ROUGH FOR THEATRE II
EMBERS
ROUGH FOR RADIO I
EH JOE
BREATH
NOT I
THAT TIME
FOOTFALLS
GHOST TRIO
but the clouds
A PIECE OF MONOLOGUE

ROUGH FOR RADIO II
WORDS AND MUSIC
CASCANDO
PLAY
FILM
THE OLD TUNE
COME AND GO
ROCKABY
OHIO IMPROMPTU
QUAD
CATASTROPHE
NACHT UND TRÄUME
WHAT WHERE
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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), one of the most important writers in twentieth-century literature and drama, was born in Foxrock, Ireland, and attended Trinity University in Dublin. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and commended for having "transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation.

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