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The letters of Samuel Beckett

Author: Samuel Beckett; Martha Dow Fehsenfeld; Lois More Overbeck; George Craig; Dan Gunn
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2012, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The letters written by Samuel Beckett between 1929 and 1940 provide a vivid and personal view of Western Europe in the 1930s, and mark the gradual emergence of Beckett's unique voice and sensibility. The Cambridge University Press edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett offers for the first time a comprehensive range of letters of one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century. Selected for their
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Genre/Form: Personal correspondence
Correspondence
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Beckett; Martha Dow Fehsenfeld; Lois More Overbeck; George Craig; Dan Gunn
ISBN: 9780521867931 0521867932
OCLC Number: 1014098190
Description: 2 volumes : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: V. 1. 1929-1940 --
v. 2. 1941-1956.
Other Titles: Correspondence
Responsibility: editors, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Lois More Overbeck ; associate editors, George Craig, Dan Gunn.

Abstract:

"The letters written by Samuel Beckett between 1929 and 1940 provide a vivid and personal view of Western Europe in the 1930s, and mark the gradual emergence of Beckett's unique voice and sensibility. The Cambridge University Press edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett offers for the first time a comprehensive range of letters of one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century. Selected for their bearing on his work from over 15,000 extant letters, the letters published in this four-volume edition encompass sixty years of Beckett's writing life (1929-1989), and include letters to friends, painters and musicians, as well as to students, publishers, translators, and colleagues in the world of literature and theater. For anyone interested in twentieth-century literature and theater this edition is essential reading, offering not only a record of Beckett's achievements but a powerful literary experience in itself.

The second volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett opens with the War years, when it was often impossible or too dangerous to correspond. The surge of letters beginning in 1945, and their variety, are matched by the outpouring and the range of Beckett's published work. Primarily written in French and later translated by the author, the work includes stories, a series of novels (Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable), essays and plays - most notably Waiting for Godot. The letters chronicle a passionately committed but little known writer evolving into a figure of international reputation, and his response to such fame. The volume provides detailed introductions which discuss Beckett's situation during the War and his crucial move into the French language, as well as translations of the letters, explanatory notes, year-by-year chronologies, profiles of correspondents and other contextual information."--Pub. desc.

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