The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956 by Samuel BeckettThe Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956 by Samuel Beckett

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956

bySamuel BeckettEditorGeorge Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld

Hardcover | September 12, 2011

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This 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.
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...
Title:The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956Format:HardcoverDimensions:886 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 2.2 inPublished:September 12, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521867940

ISBN - 13:9780521867948

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Table of Contents

General introduction; French translator's preface George Craig; Editorial procedures; Acknowledgments; Permissions; Abbreviations; Introduction to Volume 2 Dan Gunn; Letters, 1941-1956; Profiles; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"riveting ... full of colorful and zany eloquence ... What these letters celebrate, and do justice to, is the sound of a unique voice, telling the truth."
-Roy Foster, New Republic