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Cover photo from Waiting For Godot, Grove Press 1954.

Waiting For Godot

Written in 1954, Waiting For Godot was Samuel Beckett's response to the futility that is often seen in life. The story revolves around Estragon and Vladimir, who wait for someone known only as "Godot." While many like to see "Godot" as representing God, Beckett never intended the play to be that simplistic. In the end, the meaning is up to each individual.

Cover photo from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Grove Press 1967.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Written in 1967, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was Tom Stoppard's way of using Shakespeare's Hamlet to demonstrate a lesson very much like Waiting For Godot on the chaos inherent in life. The play follows their futile attempts to make sense of their situation, only to find they are powerless as events unfold. The story, of course, ultimately ends in their deaths, courtesy of Hamlet's planning.

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