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The Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett

Volume III of The Grove Centenary Editions

Samuel Beckett, Edward Albee (Introduction by), Paul Auster (Editor)


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Edited by Paul Auster, this four-volume set of Beckett's canon has been designed by award winner Laura Lindgren. Available individually, as well as in a boxed set, the four hardcover volumes have been specially bound with covers featuring images central to Beckett's works. Typographical errors that remained uncorrected in the various prior editions have now been corrected in consultation with Beckett scholars C. J. Ackerley and S. E. Gontarski.

I am always deeply puzzled when people say of Beckett, 'Oh, he's so difficult '-or avant garde, or complex, or . . . ambiguous. It is the profoundest nonsense, for Beckett is perhaps the most naturalistic playwright I know of, as well as the clearest and least obscure. The 'obscurity' resides in the assumption of obscurity. I know that if Beckett's outdoor plays were set on suburban terraces, and the indoor ones just inside those terraces, in suburban living rooms, everyone would be the wiser, certainly the less puzzled. We are most comfortable with the familiar. -- Edward Albee, from his Introduction.

Grove Press, 9780802118196, 520pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2006