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The Resource Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey

Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey

Label
Samuel Beckett is closed
Title
Samuel Beckett is closed
Statement of responsibility
Michael Coffey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A powerful, genre-defying meditation, with Beckett at its origin, that touches on mysteries as varied as literary celebrity, baseball, and why we feel the need to be cruel to one another. Following the schema of Samuel Beckett's unpublished "Long Observation of the Ray," of which only six manuscript pages exist, poet and critic Michael Coffey interleaves multiple narratives according to an arithmetic sequence laid out by Beckett in his notes. This rhythm of themes and genres involving personal memoir, literary criticism, Beckett studies, contemporary political reportage and accounts of state-sponsored torture in appropriated texts, plus an Arabian Tale and even a baseball play-by-play produce a work at once sculptural, theatrical, mathematical and above all lyrical, a new form of narrative answering to a freshened rule set. In executing Beckett's most radical undertaking one scholar referred to "Long Observation of the Ray" as a "monument to extinction" Coffey gives readers access to an open field in which ruminations on writing mix with an engagement with Beckett scholarship as well as the unsettling chaos in today's world. Although Beckett, like any writer, had his share of abandoned works, he was in the habit of "unabandoning" on occasion. Coffey's effort here salvages a Beckett project from a half-century ago and brings it to the surface, with the contemporary markings of its hauling
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coffey, Michael
Dewey number
848.91409
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Coffey, Michael
  • Beckett, Samuel
  • Beckett, Samuel
  • Literature
  • Criticism
Target audience
adult
Label
Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
206 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781944869595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 1883843
  • 872098
Label
Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
206 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781944869595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 1883843
  • 872098

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