The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940 by Samuel BeckettThe Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940 by Samuel Beckett

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940

bySamuel BeckettEditorMartha Dow Fehsenfeld, Lois More Overbeck

Hardcover | February 23, 2009

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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 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.
Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906 near Dublin, Ireland into a middle-class Protestant family. As a boy, he studied French and enjoyed cricket, tennis, and boxing. At Trinity College he continued his studies in French and Italian and became interested in theater and film, including American film. After graduat...
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Title:The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940Format:HardcoverDimensions:882 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.81 inPublished:February 23, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521867932

ISBN - 13:9780521867931

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Table of Contents

General introduction; French translator's preface George Craig; German translator's preface Viola Westbrook; Editorial procedures; Acknowledgments; Permissions; Abbreviations; Introduction to Volume I; Letters; Appendix; Profiles; Bibliography; Index.

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"There is fluent and brilliant evidence here of Beckett's development of his unique and irreplaceable voice... Unfalteringly brilliant, this volume is of the same order as The Letters of Van Gogh, or the diaries of Kafka." -Nicholas Foxton, Time Out (London) "Here is the authentic early Beckettian tang, straight from the source, unmediated by artifice... Beckett's strong language is one of the things that give the letters their pungency and drive; it is a testament also to the suppleness, rigour and strength of his writing that they don't seem in any way dated, unless a wide frame of cultural reference is these days in itself passé... There are treasures upon treasures here." -Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian "The editors are to be applauded for their remarkable efforts in tracing every fleeting reference in the notes... Roll on volume two." -Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Daily Telegraph "This is an important work of impeccable scholarship directed not only at Beckett academics but informed fans seeking the man behind Godot. This volume is a landmark in our quest to understand Beckett's great esoteric works and has definitely been worth the wait." -The Washington Independent Review of Book