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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

April 13th, 2002

In 1906, Irish playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett (Malone Dies, 1956) is born in Foxrock, County Dublin. In 1969 he will win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Samuel Beckett, b. April 13, 1906, d. 1989

beckett.jpgBeckett achieved fame with his plays, especially Waiting for Godot and Endgame. But his fictions deserve greater notice, from the early ones in English to the later ones written in French. Murphy is a brilliant novel, ditto Watt, and Malone Dies is simply one of the most searingly beautiful prose works ever written. The greatest writer born in the twentieth century.

Suggested Reading Fiction More Pricks than Kicks, 1934. Murphy, 1936. Watt, 1945. The End, 1946. Mercier and Camier, 1946. First Love, 1946. Molloy, 1947. Malone Dies, 1948. The Unnamable, 1949. Texts for Nothing, 1950. How It Is, 1960. Poetry Whoroscope, 1930. Echo’s Bones, 1935. Poèmes, 1939. Plays Waiting for Godot, 1948. Endgame, 1956. Krapp’s Last Tape, 1958. Happy Days, 1961. Criticism Dante, Bruno, Vico, Joyce, 1929. Proust, 1931. Henri Hayden, 1955.

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