Samuel Beckett and Silence

Stephen Mitchelmore on Samuel Beckett's post-war writing
Samuel Beckett at his country retreat in Ussy-sur-Marne
In a recent posting over at This Space, Stephen Mitchelmore reflects on the silence that seems to permeate Samuel Beckett's late work. With reference to interviews and reflections from the writer, Mitchelmore asks how we might think about silence and its relation to literature:
In another meeting, Beckett tells Juliet that he often sat through whole days in silence in his cottage in Ussy-sur-Marne. With no paper before him, no intent to write, he took pleasure in following the course of the sun across the sky: "There is always something to listen to" he says. So Beckett didn't experience silence as silence: it was attention. [Read more]

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