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Critical Essay | Hugh Kenner

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Hugh Kenner

SOURCE: "Modernism and What Happened to It," in Essays in Criticism, Vol. 37, No. 2, April, 1987, pp. 97-109.

In the following essay, which was originally delivered as a lecture in 1987, Kenner considers the linguistic complexity of Modernist works.

To commence with good news: the Last Modernist is well in Paris where he lives under the name of Beckett. He has a typewriter and an unlisted phone, but is so much the man of some ancien régime that he grants no interviews and never did. He writes by preference in a language he can remember learning at Portora Royal School in the north of Ireland, and one of his plays contains (in English paraphrase) the following exchange:

—Have your seeds sprouted yet?

—No, they have not sprouted. If they were going to sprout they would have sprouted by now. Now they will never sprout...

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