Catherine Laws's Headaches among the Overtones offers a twofold investigation into music's influence on Samuel Beckett's work and his impact upon various composers. The scope of Laws's investigation is by no means comprehensive, but rather it is a tightly focused examination of works in Beckett's oeuvre that involved substantial uses of music and that have yet to receive critical attention. Knowing this, Laws provides a new and engaging text that carries on well the scholarly discourse ushered in by Mary Bryden in 1998 with the edited collection Beckett and Music. Laws reconciles the use of terminology from both music and literary criticism so as to facilitate genuine cross-disciplinary correspondences throughout her book. Thus, scholars from both the literary and musicological disciplines can grasp and build upon the ideas.

The benefit from Laws dividing the book into two halves is that the split reflects well the changing dynamic she observes...

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