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The Resource Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey

Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey

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Samuel Beckett is closed
Title
Samuel Beckett is closed
Statement of responsibility
Michael Coffey
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Author
Subject
Genre
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 Following the schema of Samuel Beckett's unpublished "Long Observation of the Ray," of which only six manuscript pages exist, poet and critic Michael Coffey interleaves multiple narratives according to an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
Summary
Using Samuel Beckett’s unpublished “Long Observation of the Ray” as a base, a poet and critic interweaves multiple narratives according to an arithmetic sequence laid out by Beckett in his notes, salvaging a project from a half-century ago and bringing it to life in a contemporary world
Storyline
Writing style
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10618755
Cataloging source
VPW
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1954-
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Coffey, Michael
Dewey number
818.609
Index
no index present
Literary form
mixed forms
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True
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  • Beckett, Samuel
  • Beckett, Samuel
  • Literature
Target audience
general
Label
Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1019824749
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
206 pages
Isbn
9781944869595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019824749
Label
Samuel Beckett is closed, Michael Coffey
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1019824749
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
206 pages
Isbn
9781944869595
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019824749

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