Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day Co. 1991), Vol. 2: Declan Kiberd, editorial remarks: [Beckett's] cult of elegant desperation, as well as his assertion that it is the shape of a sentence that counts, may be traced to his doomed precursor at Portora and TCD [i.e., Wilde]. (p.372). Further, W. J. McCormack; ed.: '[Beckett] encountered the war as a challenge to a host of untested assumptions about identity national and personal; about responsibility in its moral and aesthetic forms (Ibid., p.853). Also, Augustine Martin; ed., calls him a second-generation Irish exponent of revolution in prose fiction (p.Ibid., 1027). [For further bibliographical remarks, see biblio-quandary in Notes, infra.]
Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day Company 1991): Vol 3 selects Dante and the Lobster, from More Pricks than Kicks [238-44]; Recent Irish Poetry (Bookman 1934) [244-48]; from Collected Poems, Gnome, Echos Bones, Dieppe, Saint-Lô, I would like my love to die [248-250]; from Murphy [250-56]; Letter to Axel Kraun [256-59]; from Endgame, Embers (1959), Enough (1967), Ping (1967), Come and Go (1968), Lessness (London: Calder & Boyars 1970) [written as Sans in French; given BBC reading], Not I (1972), That Time (1976), Company (1980) [256-311]; and see bibl. notes infra passim. Editorial essay by J. C. C. Mays, Samuel Beckett: 1907-1989 (pp233-238); BIOG [311-13]. Editorial remarks on Beckett: linguistic performer , with other Anglo-Irish writers; ed. ; Yeats and Beckett almost completely ignored in Ireland, c.1930 ; in biog. of MacGreevy, Paris acquaintance ; Godot first performed in Dublin 1955 [175-76]; Lennox Robinson, friend of [444n]; experimental tradition distinct from Yeatsian inheritance; ed. Deane [611; see also, remarks on Synge s sweet-tongued vagrants as memorable Irish versions of the Baudelairean poéte maudit - healthier, folksier, but estranged in a similar way]; rejected myths of Literary Revival, Kearney, ed. ; politics regarded as threat to artistic integrity, ibid. ; reads Joyce and Beckett in the light of Derrida and the structuralists, ibid ; David Lloyd, Writing in the Shit, Beckett. &c. (see supra), dealing with questions of exile and translation in their relation to the formation of the subject , in Irish Review, Spring 1988 [634-35]; Kiberd, Beckett s translation to French, a language in which it plus facile d écrire sans style , betokens a critique of Irish wit and wordplay , in Anglo-Irish Attitudes , Field Day pamphlet 1984 ; name only, in Sean Golden, Crane Bag polemic, 1979 ; exile-at-home, ed. Deane ; gives lie to theory about exclusive dominance of Irish short tradition; J. W. Foster, ed. ; left and prospered artistically; ibid. ; particularly Irish modernism in recycling of Irish modes and materials; ibid. ; Absentee, Beckett s play at Pike, 1955; D. E. S. Maxwell, ed. ; emigrated to continent with bleak assertion that he preferred France at war to Ireland at peace; Kiberd ed. ; Derek Mahon, An Image from Beckett . J. C. C. Mays s Bibliographical & Introductory Notes cite Gnome, written Jan. 1932; printed Dublin Magazine, July-Sept 1934; Dieppe, written in French, 1937; English trans. in Irish Times, 9 June 1945; collected with French original in Poems in English (1961); revised for Collected Poems (1977); Saint-Lô [commemorating time spent in devastated Normandy town with Red Cross], printed Irish Times, 24 June 1946; revised for Poems in English ([London: Calder & Boyars] 1961); I would like my love to die , first appeared in transition 48 in French; revised in French but unrevised English form collected in Poems in English (1961), finally revised for Collected Poems. [Cont.]
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Seamus Deane (The Field Day Anthology , 1991, Vol 3) - cont.: Murphy (1938), classed by Joyce with Flann O Brien s At-Swim-Two-Birds (1939) as Jean qui pleure and Jean qui ri ; Murphy s attempt intellectual ambition to attain matrix of surds which the narrative demonstrates, comically and tragically, he cannot attain (Murphy, Chp. 13); Murphy accepted by Routledge; Amor intellectualis quo Murphy se ipsum amat (epigram Chp. 6, parody of Spinoza s Ethics, V, 35, on God). Beckett later dismissed his letter to Axel Kaun [translator] (collected in Ruby Cohn, Disjecta) as German bilge ; reference to Peintres de l Émpechement and Three Dialogues with George Duthuit [French art critic], contemporary with The Unnamable, and interviews with Israel Shenker (1956) and with Tom Driver (1961), reprinted in Graver and Federman, The Critical Heritage (1979) [and prefatorily cited in extenso in McMillan and Fehsenfeld, 1988]. Lists Dramaticules, Embers (1959), Enough (1967), Ping (1967), Come and Go (1968), Lessness (1970) [written as Sans, French; given BBC reading], Not I (NY 1972; London Jan. 1973); French production of Not I in 1975 eliminated Auditor, while the 1978 production gave Auditor more prominence; That Time (1976) [written June 1974-Aug. 1975; performed in London 1976 with Patrick Magee], Company (1980) [written May 1977-Aug 1979]; later dramatic pieces include Footfall, Breath, &c. including Company (1979), Mal Vu Mal Dit (Paris 1981); Têtes Mortes (1967); No s Knife (1967); Collected Plays [32 plays] (London: Faber 1986) [reprints expurgated and superseded version of Godot], also called Complete Dramatic Works [FDA3 308 n.30].
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Peter Fallon & Seán Golden, eds., Soft Day: A Miscellany of Contemporary Irish Writing (Notre Dame/Wolfhound 1980), The Old Tune .
Andrew Carpenter & Peter Fallon, eds., The Writers: A Sense of Place (Dublin: O Brien Press 1980), incl. Heard in the Dark [extract from Company, a novel ] with photo-port, pp.16-18.
John Montague, ed., Faber Book of Irish Verse(London: Faber & Faber 1974) selects Gnome , Alba , and I would like my love to die ; also prose from Watt and Word and Music.
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Dermot Bolger, ed., Picador Contemporary Irish Fiction (London: Picador 1992), incls. extracts.
Patrick Crotty, ed., Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology (Belfast: Blackstaff Press 1995), selects “Cascando” ; “my way is in the sand flowing” ; “what would I do without this world faceless incurious” ; from Words and Music ; “Roundelay” .
Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books (San Francisco; Cat 17 ): Echo's Bones and Other Precipitates (Paris: Europa Press 1935): rare contemporary presentation copy, inscribed to poet Lazarus Aaronson, and marked HC on colophon: $5,000.
Peter Harrington (Cat. 2005) incls. En Attendant Godot. Piece en deux actes (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit 1952), 1st edn., trade iss.] original white wrappers. [£2,500.] Also, original holograph MS, 2pp., lined paper, from a ring bound notebook [£17,500].
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