Beckett’s Early Writings

Beckett’s Early Writings

June 27, 2021 Off By Felso

Between 1923 and 1927 Beckett studied French, English and Italian at Trinity College, Dublin.

One of his teachers here is the famous Berkeley researcher Dr. It was A. A. Luce. After completing his undergraduate (B.A.) education there, Beckett briefly taught at Campbell College, Belfast. He then began working as a lecteur d’anglais at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. There he was introduced to the famous Irish writer James Joyce by his close friend, the poet Thomas MacGreevy. This encounter had a profound effect on the young Beckett. Beckett assisted Joyce in many of her studies. Chief among these is Joyce’s research for her book, which will be published as Finnegans Wake.

In 1929, Beckett’s first published work, Dante… Bruno. vico. He published his critical essay named .Joyce. This article defending Joyce’s work and style against claims that it is immoral, dark and dull; It was included in the book Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress, which contains essays on Joyce by a group of authors, including Eugene Jolas, Robert McAlmon, and William Carlos Williams. Beckett had a close friendship with Joyce and her family. However, that closeness broke when Beckett did not reciprocate Joyce’s daughter Lucia’s interest in him. 11 Beckett’s first short story “Assumption” was also published in Transition, a literary journal published by Jolas, at this time. The following year, Beckett won a minor literary prize for his hastily written poem “Whoroscope.” The poem was inspired by the biography of René Descartes that Beckett was reading when he decided to apply for the prize.

Beckett returned to Trinity College as a lecturer in 1930. However, at the end of the fourth term, he left here in December 1931. 13 This self-chosen career soon disappointed him, as he was almost pathologically shy and disliked being in front of people while teaching. In addition, the fact that Beckett was complained by the students and warned by the school administrators due to his challenging attitude in the lessons and his poor grades increased this disappointment. 11 Beckett showed his disappointment by playing a game for the Modern Language Society of Dublin. He wrote a comprehensive article about the author “Jean du Chas” from Toulouse, the founder of the “Concentrism” movement, which was completely fictitious and invented to make fun of the arrogance. 16 17
Beckett left Trinity in 1931, ending his short academic career. To commemorate this turning point in his life, he wrote the poem “Gnome”, inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeships. The poem was finally published in Dublin Magazine in 1934:

“Spend the years of learning squandering
Courage for the years of wandering
Through a world politely turning
From the loutishness of learning.”

After Beckett left Trinity College, he embarked on travels in Europe. He spent some time in London, where in 1931 he published his critical work, Proust, about the French writer Marcel Proust. Two years later, under the influence of his father’s death, Dr. He began treatment under Wilfred Bion, which would last two years. Bion had Beckett attend Carl Jung’s third lecture at Tavistock. The lesson Beckett remembers even years later was about “never properly born.” The influence of these views is seen in Beckett’s works such as Waiting for Watt and Godot. 19 Beckett wrote her first novel, Dream of Fair to Middling Women, in 1932, but stopped publishing the book after negative response from many publishers. Although this novel was not published until 1993, it was the source of many of Beckett’s poems and his first published book, Relationships Without Love (1933), a collection of short stories.

Beckett published some articles and reviews during this period. Among these were articles such as “Contemporary Irish Poetry” (The Bookman, August 1934) and “Humanistic Calmism” (The Dublin Magazine, July – September 1934), in which he reviewed the poetry of his friend Thomas MacGreevy. In these articles, in which he examined the works of MacGreevy, Brian Coffey, Denis Devlin and Blanaid Salkeld, Beckett argued that these poets were superior to their contemporaries, the Celtic Revival movement, although they had not yet achieved sufficient success. claimed that these poets were his predecessors. While Beckett defined these poets as “the core of Ireland’s living poetics”, he also determined the basic rules of modernist Irish poetics.

Beckett was also working on his novel Murphy in 1935, when he published his poetry book Echo’s Bones and Other Precipitates. In May of that year, he had read about cinema in a letter to MacGreevy and went to Moscow to attend the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.