Dream of Fair to Middling Women is Samuel Beckett’s first novel. Written in English in 1932 when Beckett was only 26 and living in Paris. The clearly autobiographical novel was rejected by publishers and shelved by the author. It was eventually published in 1992, three years after the author's death. The main character Belacqua, a writer and teacher, is very similar to Beckett himself, though a character named "Mr. Beckett" also makes an appearance in the book.
Fair to middling: means above average. This phrase is from jargon for grades of commercial cotton. In the 19th century American cotton was graded by category ranging from fair to inferior. To say that cotton, or anything else for that matter, is fair to middling means that it is good but not the very best.
Jan 08, 2011; Fair to middling: means above average. This phrase is from jargon for grades of commercial cotton. In the 19th century American...