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Dream of Fair to Middling Women

Dream of Fair to Middling Women

ISBN
9780571358052
Published
02/04/2020
9780571358052
Format
Hardback
Price
£20.00
Paperback
272

About the Book

Beckett’s first ‘literary landmark’ (St Petersburg Times) is a wonderfully savoury introduction to the Nobel Prize-winning author. Written in 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was struggling to make ends meet, the novel offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. When submitted to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous or too risky; it was only published posthumously in 1992. As the story begins, Belacqua – a young version of Molloy, whose love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and the little Alba – ‘wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final “relapse into Dublin”’ (New Yorker). Youthfully exuberant and Joycean in tone, Dream is a work of extraordinary virtuosity.
Beckett’s first ‘literary landmark’ (St Petersburg Times) is a wonderfully savoury introduction to the Nobel Prize-winning author. Written in 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was struggling to make ends meet, the novel offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. When submitted to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous or too risky; it was only published posthumously in 1992. As the story begins, Belacqua – a young version of Molloy, whose love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and the little Alba – ‘wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final “relapse into Dublin”’ (New Yorker). Youthfully exuberant and Joycean in tone, Dream is a work of extraordinary virtuosity.
  • Samuel Beckett

    Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906 and graduated from Trinity College. He settled in Paris in 1937, after travels in Germany and periods of residence in London and Dublin. He remained in France during the Second World War and was active in the French Resistance. From the spring of 1946 his plays, novels, short fiction, poetry and criticism were largely written in French. With the production of En attendant Godot in Paris in 1953, Beckett's work began to achieve widespread recognition. During his subsequent career as a playwright and novelist in both French and English he redefined the possibilities of prose fiction and writing for the theatre. Samuel Beckett won the Prix Formentor in 1961 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. He died in Paris in December 1989.

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