Existentialist Period: Roughly late 1930s to late 1950s "What do I know about man's destiny? I could better tell you about radishes." --Samuel Beckett Existentialism, being a thoroughly continental philosophy, has manifestations both in academia and in literature. Perhaps existentialism qua philosophy is better known, as any philosophizing in life or sitcom is often labeled "existential." But modern existentialism came into vogue not through academics but writers and playwrights, influenced by early forms of the existential worldview. Explore the literature and the influence in this existentialist literature category.
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The Absurdity of Beckett
Biography of Samuel Beckett paying particular attention to influence.
Alfred Jarry (1873-1907)
Brief biography of Alfred Jarry, the first absurd playwright.
The Cafe Irreal
Semiannual webzine focusing on short stories.
From Beckett to Stoppard: Existentialism, Death, and Absurdity
Analysis of the dialogue within the playwrights work.
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