Dream of Fair to Middling Women: A Novel

Dream of Fair to Middling Women: A Novel

by Samuel Beckett

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Overview

This is Samuel Beckett’s first novel and “literary landmark” (St. Petersburg Times)—a savory introduction to the Nobel Prize–winning author. Written in the summer of 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was poor and struggling to make ends meet, Dream of Fair to Middling Women offers a rare and revealing portrait of the artist as a young man. Later on, Beckett would call the novel “the chest into which I threw all my wild thoughts.” When he submitted it to several publishers, all of them found it too literary, too scandalous, or too risky, and it was sadly never published during his lifetime.

In this stunning first novel, Belacqua—a young version of Molloy, whose love is divided between two women, Smeraldina-Rima and Alba—“wrestles with his lusts and learning across vocabularies and continents, before a final ‘relapse into Dublin’,” says the New Yorker. Youthfully exuberant and visibly influenced by Joyce, Dream of Fair to Middling Women is a work of extraordinary virtuosity. Beckett delights in the wordplay and sheer joy of language that mark his later work. Above all in this handsomely bound hardcover edition, the story brims with the black humor that, like brief stabs of sunlight, pierces the darkness of his vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611453133
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Series: Arcade Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Samuel Beckett was born in Ireland in 1906. His plays Waiting for Godot and Endgame revolutionized modern theater, and his trilogy—Molloy, Mallone Dies, and The Unnamable—ranks among the major works of twentieth-century fiction. He died in Paris in 1989.

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