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The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts

Edited by S.E. Gontarski

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A landmark collection showcasing the diversity of Samuel Beckett’s creative output

The 35 new and original chapters in this Companion capture the continued vitality of Beckett studies in drama, music and the visual arts and establish rich and varied cultural contexts for Beckett’s work world-wide.

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About the Author

S. E. Gontarski is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, Ph.D., Ohio State (1974) and specializes in twentieth-century Irish Studies, in British, U.S., and European Modernism, and in performance theory. He has been awarded four National Endowment for the Humanities research grants, has twice been awarded Fulbright Professorships, has been Guest Editor of the following: American Book Review, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Modern Fiction Studies and most recently Drammaturgia. He is also General Editor of three book series: 1) "Crosscurrents: Comparative Studies in European Literature and Philosophy" with the University Press of Florida and 2) Anthem Studies in Theatre and Performance with Anthem Press, London; and 3) (with Paul Ardoin and Laci Mattison) Understanding Philosophy / Understanding Modernism with Bloomsbury. He edited the Journal of Beckett Studies from 1989-2008, and currently serves as Co-Editor with its publication by Edinburgh University Press.


The essays included in this volume, in their aggregate, testify to the powerful impact Beckett’s work has had on the human imagination as they point towards reasons why his work might have captured a zeitgeist that is, in many respects, still with us.

- Amanda Denni, University of Iowa, Journal of Modern Literature 40:4

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