Echo's Bones

Echo's Bones

eBook - 2014
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In 1933, Chatto & Windus agreed to publish Samuel Beckett's More Pricks Than Kicks, a collection of ten interrelated stories his first published work of fiction. At his editor's request, Beckett penned an additional story, "Echo's Bones", to serve as the final piece. However, he'd already killed off several of the characters including the protagonist, Belacqua throughout the book, and had to resurrect them from the dead. The story was politely rejected by his editor, as it was considered too imaginatively playful, too allusive, and too undisciplined qualities now recognized as quintessentially Beckett. As a result, "Echo's Bones" (not to be confused with the poem and collection of poems of the same title) remained unpublished until now, nearly eight decades later. This little-known text is introduced by the preeminent Beckett scholar, Dr. Mark Nixon, who situates the work in terms of its biographical context and textual references, examining how it is a vital link in the evolution of Beckett's early work. Beckett confessed that he included "all I knew" in the story. It harnesses an immense range of subjects: science, philosophy, religion, literature; combining fairy tales, gothic dreams, and classical myth. This posthumous publication marks the unexpected and highly exciting return of a literary legend.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 0802194079
9780802194077
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Nixon, Mark - Editor

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bookwormjeph
Aug 27, 2014

Samuel Beckett may be a excellent and famous playwright- who hasn't read Waiting For Godot?- but this is impenetrable. The introduction does warn of that , however I proceeded to make my own mind up, and the intro was correct. Better things to do with my time.

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SAPL454
Aug 18, 2014

A very-almost actual account- of the afterlife, written with great finesse!

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