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Samuel Beckett's 'More Pricks Than Kicks': In A Strait Of Two Wills, 1st edition

  • John Pilling

Published by Bloomsbury Academic (January 16th 2014) - Copyright © 2014

1st edition

Samuel Beckett's 'More Pricks Than Kicks': In A Strait Of Two Wills

ISBN-13: 9781472525727

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Drawing on private correspondence and little known documents, published and unpublished, Pilling explores every aspect of the More Pricks Than Kicks short story collection. From its publishing history to why they were written, Pilling reveals Beckett's conflicted feelings about the 'compromise' of writing short stories and his struggle to find a voice distinct from James Joyce, his friend and authority of the form. By discussing each story as separate entity, in a grouping that deviates from the collection, and by analysing 'Echo's Bones', Pilling makes new comparisons and contrasts, illustrating Beckett's idiosyncratic handling of the form. Making sure to place the stories in the context of the post-war work, this early study of Beckett highlights the years and work central to his development as a writer.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements \ Preface \ 1. The Disruptive Intelligence \ 2. My sometime friend Belacqua \ 3. How it went in the world \ 4. The Statement of a Compromise\ 5. Notesnatchings: Allusions, Borrowings and Self-Plagiarisms in More Pricks Than Kicks \ 6. Addenda \ Bibliography \ Index

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