The legacy of Samuel Beckett in Paul Auster's work

Campbell, Julie (2011) The legacy of Samuel Beckett in Paul Auster's work. In, Bela, Teresa and Mazur, Zygmunt (eds.) Ambiguity and the Search for Meaning: English and American Studies at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Krakow, Poland, Jagiellonian University Press, 325-338.


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My article discusses Paul Auster’s debt to Samuel Beckett. I discuss an early play of Auster’s, called ‘Laurel and Hardy Go to Heaven,’ and his novel The Music of Chance in relation to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. I will be proposing that Beckett’s influence on Auster was quite pronounced in his early work, but as he has grown in confidence as a writer this influence is less apparent, and he has created a voice and a style very much his own, although Beckett can still be glimpsed, albeit fleetingly, beneath the surface.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9788323331179
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities
ePrint ID: 68719
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Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54

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