The Maternal Embrace: Samuel Beckett and His Mother May

  • Margaret Drabble


Beckett’s relationship with his mother (as with his Mother Country) was close and combative. She was a formidable woman, and however far he travelled, he never escaped her. What bound them so closely? The shadow of her presence looms in many of his deeply if obscurely autobiographical plays, poems and novels, and he discusses his difficulties with her in letters to his closest friends.

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  • Margaret Drabble
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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