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Physical description; xvii, , 241,  p.; 21cm. Subjects; English fiction - Irish authors - 20th century. Man-woman relationships - Fiction. Young men - Fiction. Dublin (Ireland) - Fiction. English fiction. Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989. Fiction in English. Texts. Genres; Fiction. Humorous stories.
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Beckett's signature fierceness and piercing insight into the lurching of the mind are already evident in this early yet adept, high-energy, and boisterously libidinous novel.From the Back Cover:
Here, more than sixty years after it was written, is Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett's first novel. Written in a "white heat" in the summer of 1932 at the Hotel Trianon in Paris, when the author was poor and struggling, Dream of Fair to middling Women offers us a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. Beckett, just twenty-six at the time, to date had published a few poems, including the prize-winning "Whoroscope", a penetrating essay on Proust, and a contribution to the collective study of James Joyce's then Work in Progress, later to become Finnegans Wake. Beckett submitted the novel to several English publishers, all of whom found it too scandalous, too risky (or, said some, too risque), or too literary. Subsequently Beckett put the work aside, although he pilfered from it from time to time. After fame had overtaken him, he was still reluctant to publish it, partly because it contained thinly disguised and not always flattering portraits of some of the author's friends and acquaintances in Dublin, and partly because he was always his own harshest critic. The "hero" of Dream is one Belacqua - a youthful precursor of Molloy - who "wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final 'relapse into Dublin'" (The New Yorker). His love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and the Alba. Youthfully exuberant and visibly influenced by Joyce, Dream of Fair to middling Women is a work of extraordinary virtuosity in its own right. The author delights in wordplay and the sheer joy of language - indeed, of several languages. This is, too, one of Beckett's most Irish works, yet there is about it as well the sense of timelessness anduniversality that mark his later writing. Above all, it is filled with the unique Beckettian humor that, like brief stabs of sunlight, pierces the darkness of the vision. In his later years, Beckett agreed that Dream should eventually be published, but only "some little time" after his death. Now, more than six decades after it was written, this chest into which Beckett threw his wild thoughts can at last be opened, and its contents savored and enjoyed.
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Book Description Condition: Good. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May NOT include discs, access code or other supplemental materials. Seller Inventory # 31UIGP0026HH_ns
Book Description The Black Cat Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0948050098I4N00
Book Description Black Cat Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good DJ. Very good + hardcover shows bumping to bottom corner of front cover, else tight and clean, in very good + dust jacket (dark green with red letter) that shows light edgewear that includes a couple of small nicks. 241 pages. Still a pleasing copy of this prose work from Beckett published here for the first time though written in 1932. Seller Inventory # 25905
Book Description Condition: Very Good. 1st edition 1st printing - minor staining to closed page edge - otherwise dust jacket and cover fine binding strong contents clean - now in mylar cover - enjoy. Seller Inventory # ZN-CPW9-F9HP
Book Description Black Cat, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Light wear to boards. Content is clean and bright. Good DJ with little wear. Seller Inventory # 9999-9990563241
Book Description Black Cat, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hardcover in Very Good condition with dust jacket. Jacket is not price clipped. Bump on the top of the spine. Minor shelf wear along the edges of the jacket. Minor surface scratches on the front and back of the jacket. Tanning around the inside of the boards and edges of the pages. Text is clear. Used. Seller Inventory # 492672
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR002538122
Book Description The Black Cat Press, Dublin, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Seller Inventory # 001203
Book Description Black Cat. Condition: Very Good. 1992. 1st. Edition. Hardcover. 8vo.Good copy. First edition. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # KEX0293314
Book Description Black Cat, 1992. Condition: Very Good. 1992. 1st. Edition. Hardcover. 8vo.Good copy. First edition. . . . . Seller Inventory # KEX0293314