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Beckett’s Eighteenth Century


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 1-9
  3. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 10-26
  4. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 27-46
  5. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 47-67
  6. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 90-109
  7. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 110-131
  8. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 132-155
  9. Frederik N. Smith
    Pages 156-164
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 165-219

About this book


Beckett's Eighteenth Century is the first book-length study of Samuel Beckett's affinity with the British eighteenth century and of the influence of its writers on his work. Reading Swift, Pope, Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Johnson, Gray, and other writers of this period, this study demonstrates how he was not only influenced by them but interprets them for us in a quite modern way. Beckett's uniqueness is not questioned here, but this uniqueness is shown, paradoxically, to have its roots at least in part in his native literature of two centuries ago.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaCharlotteUSA

About the authors

FREDERIK SMITH is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Bibliographic information


'...a convincing and detailed study...Stimulating, meticulously researched, Beckett's Eighteenth Century is the first book-length study of Beckett's involvement with eighteenth-century literature and argues convincingly that part of his originality is derived precisely from his study of these writers.' - Times Literary Supplement