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This third volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett focuses on the years when Beckett is striving to find a balance between the demands put upon him by his growing international fame, and his need for the peace and silence from which new writing might emerge. This is the period in which Beckett launches into work for radio, film and, later, into television. It also marks his return to writing fiction, with his first major piece for a decade, Comment c'est (How It Is). Where hitherto he has been reticent about the writing process, now he devotes letter after letter to describing and explaining his work in progress. For the first time Beckett has a woman as his major correspondent: a relationship shown in his intense and abundant letters to Barbara Bray. The volume also provides critical introductions, chronologies, explanatory notes and profiles of Beckett's main correspondents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521867955
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2014
Series: Letters of Samuel Beckett Series
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 293,626
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.80(d)

About 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, General Editor, is a Research Associate of the Laney Graduate School, Emory University.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; General introduction; French translator's preface George Craig; Editorial procedures; Acknowledgements; Permissions; List of abbreviations; Introduction to Volume III Dan Gunn; Letters, 1957-1965; Appendix: profiles; Bibliography of works cited; Index of recipients; Index of first names; Summary listing of Samuel Beckett's works, Volume III; General index.

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