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(b) The young writer: 1928–1939

Trinity had organised with the École Normale Supérieure in Paris; the successful candidate would spend a year as a tutor at the École. His professor was, unsurprisingly in favour of Beckett's candidature; his protege was an outstanding student, and would, under normal circumstances, have been a considerable asset to the École and, when he returned from his time in Paris, a useful addition to the academic staff at Trinity The successful candidate would be expected to engage in research; Beckett decided to study the poetry of Louis Jouve and the Unanimist school (a poet and movement that he had encountered first in his final undergraduate year). However, for various reasons (mostly concerned with the life that Beckett was to lead in Paris over the next two years, and the effect that it was to have on his development as a writer and as a man), this research was never completed.