The Letters of Samuel Becket vol 4

Author(s): Samuel Beckett


This fourth and final volume, which completes the Cambridge edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, covers the final twenty-four years of what was, as Beckett saw it, a surprisingly long life. During these years he produced many of his finest and most concentrated works for theatre, plays that included Not I, Ohio Impromptu, and Catastrophe; for television he wrote Eh Joe and Ghost Trio; while in prose, he produced the late 'trilogy' that comprises Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, and Worstward Ho. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the letters from this period show him struggling to cope with the pressures created by his ever-growing international fame. The letters reveal how, later, he turned his mind to his legacy, as seen through his interactions with biographers and archivists. This volume also provides chronologies, explanatory notes, translations, and profiles of Beckett's chief correspondents.


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George Craig, Editor and French Translator, is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Founding Editor, was authorised 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, General Editor, is a Research Associate of the Laney Graduate School, Emory University, Atlanta.

List of illustrations; General introduction; French translator's preface George Craig; Editorial procedures; Acknowledgments; Permissions; Collections and abbreviations; Introduction to Volume 4 Dan Gunn; Letters, 1966-1989; Appendix: selection of letters from Samuel Beckett found after the appropriate volume of correspondence was published; Profiles; Bibliography of works cited; Index of recipients; Index of first names, abbreviations, and nicknames; Summary listing of Samuel Beckett's works, Volume 4; General index.

General Fields

  • : 9780521867962
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : September 2016
  • : 216mm X 138mm X 45mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Samuel Beckett
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 848.91409
  • : 942
  • : 19 b/w illus.