Publisher description for The letters of Samuel Beckett / editors, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Lois More Overbeck ; associate editors, George Craig, Daniel Gunn.


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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. This volume includes letters written between 1929 and 1940. It provides a vivid and personal view of Western Europe in the 1930s, marked by the gradual emergence, against his own hesitations and the indifference or hostility of others, of Beckett's unique voice and sensibility. Even in the tentativeness of the early writing, the letters show his care for his work as well as what he must share or relinquish to allow it to have a life beyond, even despite, himself. Detailed introductions, translations, explanatory notes, profiles of major correspondents, chronologies, and other contextual information accompany the letters. For anyone interested in twentieth-century literature and theatre this edition offers not only a record of achievements but a powerful literary experience in itself.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Beckett, Samuel, -- 1906-1989 -- Correspondence.
Authors, Irish -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Authors, French -- 20th century -- Correspondence.