The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 2: 1941 1956

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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"The editorial practices are superb."
--Choice
Michael Dirda
…few writers have been better served by their editors than Samuel Beckett. This sumptuous volume, The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956, like its predecessor and the two that will follow, is beautifully designed and laid out, while the editorial apparatus includes lavishly detailed notes, yearly chronologies, an extensive biographical appendix and more than 90 pages of introductory matter, highlighted by a brilliant summary essay by editor Dan Gunn. The letters in French—at least half of them—are followed by English translations. Anyone who admires Beckett will want to read and own this book.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521867948
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Series: Letters of Samuel Beckett Series
  • Pages: 886
  • Sales rank: 1,445,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

George Craig, Editor and French Translator, is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.

Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Founding Editor, was authorized by Samuel Beckett to edit his correspondence in 1985.

Dan Gunn, Editor, is Professor of Comparative Literature and English at The American University of Paris.

Lois More Overbeck, Managing Editor, is a Research Associate of the Laney Graduate School, Emory University.

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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.
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