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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts Translation Edition
Contributor(s): Beckett, Samuel

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ISBN: 080214442X     ISBN-13: 9780802144423
Publisher: Grove Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2011

Annotation: As Vladimir and Estragon await the arrival of Godot, they discuss their lives and consider hanging themselves, but choose to wait for Godot instead, in the hope that he can tell them what their purpose is.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
French drama; Translations into English.
BISAC Categories:
- Drama | English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Dewey: 842/.914
LCCN: bl2011013229
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 85 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q12176
Reading Level: 9.0   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 8.0
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Contributor Bio(s):
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), one of the leading literary and dramatic figures of the twentieth century, was born in Foxrock, Ireland and attended Trinity University in Dublin. In 1928, he visited Paris for the first time and fell in with a number of avant-garde writers and artists, including James Joyce. In 1937, he settled in Paris permanently. Beckett wrote in both English and French, though his best-known works are mostly in the latter language. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and poetry, he is remembered principally for his works for the theater, which belong to the tradition of the Theater of the Absurd and are characterized by their minimalist approach, stripping drama to its barest elements. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and commended for having "transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation." Beckett died in Paris in 1989.

At the age of seventy-six he said: "With diminished concentration, loss of memory, obscured intelligence... the more chance there is for saying something closest to what one really is. Even though everything seems inexpressible, there remains the need to express. A child need to make a sand castle even though it makes no sense. In old age, with only a few grains of sand, one has the greatest possibility." (from Playwrights at Work, ed. by George Plimpton, 2000)

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