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As a young man, Beckett read Schopenhauer again and again...


... and not only because of his beautiful style, despite his claims to the contrary. Schopenhauer’s pessimism was very close to Beckett’s own, and he was to heed the three ways of enduring the misery of existence that Schopenhauer recommended: art, or aesthetic contemplation, compassion, and resignation.

Gottfried Büttner's essay (pdf!) "explores the ways in which Schopenhauer’s thought made it possible for Beckett to create his literary work and to come to grips with his own life." (More...)

Readers Comments

  1. Thanks for this, Mark! A treat!

    Lee.

  2. Diana Manister Wednesday 23 July 2008

    Mark,

    thanks for the fascinating article. Depressive writers everywhere are grateful!

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