Title

A Kind of Despair

Publication Year

1969

Keywords

despair, literature, creativity, personal experience, the search for meaning, expression

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | Composition | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Music | Philosophy

Abstract

When I decided to write on the search for meaning in a century particularly conscious of absurdity, it was with an awareness that my theme has undergone a change from the philosophy of Socrates to the ashes of the Wasteland view vividly portrayed in Samuel Beckett's Endgame. And I knew that some of the major literary trends of our time would inevitably influence the expression I wanted to explore and create. I wish to trace some of these influences now.

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