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Vivian Mercier (1919 – 1989) was an Irish literary critic. He was born in Clara, County Offaly, Ireland and educated first at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and then at Trinity College, Dublin. He became a Scholar of the College and edited the student magazine T.C.D. Miscellany.

After taking his doctorate at Trinity, he taught in American universities from the 1940s to the 1980s; his last post was Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is perhaps best known for his famous summation of the plot of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot: "... has achieved a theoretical impossibility...a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats. What's more, since the second act is a subtly different reprise of the first, he has written a play in which nothing happens, twice." (Irish Times, 18 February 1956, p. 6.). Despite what may sound like a somewhat disparaging criticism, Mercier was one of the foremost Beckett scholars of his day, and wrote extensively about Godot. He also wrote a critically acclaimed study of Beckett's work as a whole, Beckett/Beckett.

Mercier died in 1989, the same year as Beckett. His last marriage (1974-1989) was to the Irish novelist and children's writer Eilis Dillon, who edited his posthumous book, Modern Irish Literature: Sources and Founders (Oxford, 1994). He is buried beside his wife in his hometown of Clara.
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Total Books: 14
Classic Irish Short Stories
1999 - Classic Irish Short Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780285635135
ISBN-10: 0285635131
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Beckett/Beckett/the Classic Study of a Modern Genius
The Irish Comic Tradition
1991 - The Irish Comic Tradition (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780285630178
ISBN-10: 0285630172
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Beckett/Beckett
1977 - Beckett/beckett (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195021868
ISBN-10: 019502186X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Beckett/Beckett
Beckett/beckett (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780192812698
ISBN-10: 0192812696
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Beckett-Beckett
Beckett-beckett (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195024951
ISBN-10: 0195024958
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Beckett The Classic Study of a Modern Genius
Beckett the Classic Study of a Modern Genius (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780285630154
ISBN-10: 0285630156
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The Irish Comic Tradition The Key Book of Irish Literary Criticism
The New Novel From Queneau to Pinget
The New Novel From Queneau to Pinget (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780374221652
ISBN-10: 0374221650
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The New Novel From Queneau to Pinget
The New Novel From Queneau to Pinget (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374509835
ISBN-10: 0374509832
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Great Irish Short Stories
Great Irish Short Stories (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780760700969
ISBN-10: 0760700966
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