Vivian Mercier





Vivian Mercier


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Clara, County Offaly, Ireland
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Vivian Mercier (1919–1989) was an Irish literary critic. He was born in Clara, County Offaly, Ireland and educated first at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and then at Trinity College, Dublin. After taking his doctorate at Trinity, he taught in American universities from the 1940s to the 1980s; his last post was Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is perhaps best known for his famous summation of the plot of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot: "... has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What's more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, he has written a play in which nothing happe ...more

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Great Irish Short Stories

3.08 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Beckett/Beckett: The Classi...

3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1977 — 5 editions
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The Irish Comic Tradition

3.57 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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The New Novel: From Queneau...

3.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1971 — 2 editions
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One Thousand Years of Irish...

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Classic Irish Short Stories

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1000 Years of Irish Prose, ...

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1000 Years of Irish Prose

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Modern Irish Literature: So...

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Beckett Before Beckett: Sam...

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“[Waiting for Godot] has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What's more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, he has written a play in which nothing happens, twice.”
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