A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works...

boggiee

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Hi,
<<---->>Source: education-portal.com

- This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett.A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'

I have come across with such a sentence. I would like to ask if to use 'a close friend of James Joyce' at the beginning of the sentence is understandable or not. Wouldn't it be better to say:

'Samuel Beckett was a close friend of James Joyce and his works........''

Thanks.
 
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  • panjandrum

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    It's a somewhat dangling phrase. The subject of the following clause ought to be the same as is described by the phrase - ie, Beckett.
    'Beckett's works' are not 'A close friend of James Joyce'.
     
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