6.11.12

On Beckett's Poems

The New Statesman reviews Faber and Faber's new collection
Samuel Beckett
Christopher Reid (New Statesman) on Seán Lawlor and John Pilling's edition of The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett: 'Samuel Beckett’s poems may well constitute the least-known part of his literary output. Nearly 23 years after his death, Beckett’s plays continue to be performed around the world and there is no reason to suppose they will drop from the repertoire. His novels retain a strong, if cultish, following and are currently being reissued in corrected editions. The later, very short prose texts – dry, spare, unaccommodating fictions, or meditations on the futility of fiction – hold on, too, to their sui generis status, impossible to ignore. The poems, however, have pretty much fallen from view.' [Read More]

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