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Reading, as we see in the late masterpiece Ill Seen III Said, is itself an aftereffect, a repetition that is never the same, a version of eternal return that Joyce called in Finnegans Wake “The seim anew” (215). G. A. Acknowledgments The list of scholarly debts the authors have incurred during this project is almost incalculable. To list them all would add sufficient weight to this volume to topple it. Those scholars on whose shoulders we stand are, for the most part, enumerated in the Bibliography, but a few in particular have read portions of the manuscript and offered suggestions and corrections and so merit individual mention.
Father dies on June 26 of a heart attack, which death devastates (and haunts) SB. Finds out on September 25 that Charles Prentice accepted his collection of stories (several of which are recast versions of episodes from Dream of Fair to Middling Women) called More Pricks Than Kicks (MPTK). Writes the story “Echo’s Bones” as an end piece for the short story collection, but Chatto and Windus rejects it, and it remains unpublished. Commences intensive psychotherapy in London at the Tavistock Clinic after Christmas to manage his deepening depression.
In I960 he was “learning Matthias Claudius by heart! ‘Friend Death’” (Atik, 65; her translation). Schubert had adapted Matthias Claudius for his lied Der Tod und das Mädchen, a song that features a young girl frightened by a ghost, the shadow of death. That ghost haunted Beckett’s own 1969 (and so subsequent) staging of Krapp’s Last Tape as the wearish Krapp periodically senses the haunting Hain behind him. The richness of his education may finally have burdened Beckett as the European eidos permeated his being and haunted his consciousness to the point that much of his early work might be seen as pastiche.