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"An impressively complete survey of the play in its cultural, theatrical, historical and political contexts." - David Bradby, co-editor of Contemporary Theatre Review Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is not only an indisputably important and influential dramatic text -it is also one of the most significant western cultural landmarks of the twentieth century. Originally written in French, the play first amazed and appalled Parisian theatre-goers and critics before receiving a harshly dismissive initial critical response in Britain in 1955. Its influence since then on the international stage has been significant, impacting on generations of actors, directors and audiences.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Mark Taylor-Batty
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2013-06-13
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781441156105

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This volume offers a comprehensive critical study of Samuel Beckett's first and most renowned dramatic work, Waiting for Godot, which has become one of the most frequently discussed, and influential plays in the history of the theatre. Lawrence Graver discusses the play's background and provides a detailed analysis of its originality and distinction as a landmark of modern theatrical art. He reviews some of the differences between Beckett's original French version and his English translation.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Lawrence Graver
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2004-05-27
File: 107 Pages
ISBN-13: 0521549388

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"It is the only book available that provides a detailed essay on the play and its author. The book acts both as an essential text and a study aid for students of A level as well as for those enrolled in graduate and post-graduate courses in English Literature."--BOOK JACKET.

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Author: Ira Hasan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release: 2002
File: 187 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015056504502

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Release: 2015-09-24
File: 15 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781410335029

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Presents a series of critical essays discussing the structure, themes, and subject matter of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

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Genre: Electronic books
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 172 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438114309

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Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Release: 1990-11-11
File: 107 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781349081424

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A seminal work of twentieth-century drama, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett's first professionally produced play. It opened in Paris in 1953 at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone, and has since become a cornerstone of twentieth-century theater. The story line revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone--or something--named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett's language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Grove Press
Release: 1982
File: 111 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802130348

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,0, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Innovative Twentieth-Century Theatre, language: English, abstract: In what way does Samuel Beckett create absurdity in his play "Waiting for Godot" and what is it that makes the “game” with the absurdity so unique and therefore Samuel Beckett’s play to one of the most authentic representatives of the "Theatre of the Absurd"? Samuel Beckett was born in 1906 in Dublin and died in 1989 in Paris. He was an Anglo-Irish author and wrote in French as well as in English. Furthermore, he wrote poems and novels and worked as a theatre director. Samuel Beckett is considered the master of absurdity. (cf. Schwanitz 323) The central theme in his works is the meaninglessness of the human existence. (cf. Wunderlich) He was friends with James Joyce and was impressed by Joyce’s “stream of consciousness” – a special literary method that James Joyce used. The idea of the “stream of consciousness” is an on-going process of associating things, i.e. the idea of getting inside into the uncontrolled process of thinking of a person. Waiting for Godot (1954) is Beckett’s translation of his own original French version that is called "En attendant Godot" (1952). In 1969 he received the Nobel Price for Literature, but he did not accept the price because people thought "Waiting for Godot" would be a potential religious play. According to Beckett that was wrong and that is why he decided to refuse the price. Finally, Samuel Beckett was the most unique, singular writer in English/French since 1945.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Lea Lorena Jerns
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2014-06-05
File: 21 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783656666011

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Texts -- Meaning -- Intellectual contexts -- Dramatic art -- Performance.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: William Hutchings
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2005
File: 167 Pages
ISBN-13: 0313308799

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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Theatre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, “Time catches up with genius … Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century.” The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone—or something—named Godot. Vladimir and Estragon wait near a tree, inhabiting a drama spun of their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes, and nonsense, which has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning. Beckett’s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existential post-World War II Europe. His play remains one of the most magical and beautiful allegories of our time.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release: 2011-04-12
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 0802198821

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