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by Oscar Wilde

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Written almost two years before Waiting for Godot, Eleutheria was not produced or published in Beckett's lifetime. Instead, it lay in a trunk for 40 years until Beckett gave the manuscript to his lifelong friend and publisher, Barney Rosset, who was long associated with Grove Press. It's a shame the play remained hidden so long, because although it lacks the power and economy of Godot and later plays, it still bristles with Beckett's sharp wit and insight about hopelessness, spiritual exhaustion, and moral paralysis--themes that show up again and again in his later work. The play even revolves around a young nihilist bohemian named Krapp who bears a passing resemblance to the protagonist of Krapp's Last Tape. Michael Brodsky's new translation of the long unavailable play will delight Beckett scholars and aficionados alike. Jack Helbig

The New York Times Book Review
The abandoned manuscript of Samuel Beckett's first play, Eleutheria has finally found its way into print after a highly dramatic legal and literary battle. It is clear ... that Eleutheria merits both publication and production, but it must be placed into perspective.Waiting for Godot is revolutionary; Eleutheria is evolutionary. The play, a valuable addition to Beckett's body of work, will be of interest to anyone concerned with the author's art and with exploratory theater.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French



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