Thursday, 1 September 2011
Big Box of Beckett
Having recently seen Beckett performed live for the first time, I wanted to read some more of his work. Looking around for a good collection of his plays, I came across something even better: a glorious big box of his novels, plays, stories, poems and criticism. Me being me, I could not resist. Plus, it does the one image, many spines thing, with that magnificently craggy face, like Abraham lincoln after a big night on the tiles. (Click for bigger images)
The individual volumes are nicely designed, too--though, weirdly, the back covers are more impressive than the fronts. I suppose the unflashy fronts fit Beckett's whole minimal staging ethos.
Here's what's in the box, by the way:
The design was done by Laura Lindgren for publishers Grove Press.
UPDATE: The original hardcover version of this set does use those images on the front covers of the books, so there you go!