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Samuel Becketts German Diaries 1936-1937 Mark Nixon

Samuel Becketts German Diaries 1936-1937

Mark Nixon

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ISBN : 9781283116671
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272 pages
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Six diary notebooks kept by Samuel Beckett during his 1936-7 trip through Nazi Germany were discovered in 1989. Samuel Becketts German Diaries 1936-1937 is the first study to explore the relevance of these diaries to Becketts development as aMoreSix diary notebooks kept by Samuel Beckett during his 1936-7 trip through Nazi Germany were discovered in 1989. Samuel Becketts German Diaries 1936-1937 is the first study to explore the relevance of these diaries to Becketts development as a writer. Using the diaries as the central point of focus, Nixon draws on unpublished manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, reading notes from the 1930s to reflect on both Becketts creative evolution prior to 1936 and the direction his writing took after his return to Dublin in April 1937. As well as gaining an insight into Becketts reading of classical German literature, Nixon shows how the pared-down style of writing, the self-examination and the importance of the visual arts that govern Becketts post-war works traces back to the pages of these notebooks. By illuminating how Becketts writing and aesthetics underwent a far-reaching change during the 1930s, Nixons study is crucial to our understanding of the emergence of Beckett as a radical writer in the post-war years.