""There is no critic who has more firmly established his claim to valuable literary property than has Kenner. . . . [He] bestrides modern literature if not like a colossus then at least as a presence of formidable proportions. A new book by him is certainly an event.""—The New York Times Book Review
"Focuses on Beckett's verbal craftsmanship and 'unceasingly inventive technique.' . . . Students of contemporary literature will be grateful for the service rendered by [this study] .""—Library Journal
Samuel Beckett, who wrote everything both in French and English, specialized in short enigmatic texts, implying vast visionary works of which the stories are broken pieces. Kenner’s guide is designed to help readers see beyond the story in Beckett to the text as a whole and to appreciate the uniqueness of each of his works.