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Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1941-1956

ISBN-10: 0521867940

ISBN-13: 9780521867948

Edition: 2011

Authors: Samuel Beckett, George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, Lois More Overbeck

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List price: $70.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/12/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 886
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 3.124

Nobel Prize winner (1969) 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 graduation, Beckett taught English in Paris and traveled through France and Germany. While in Paris Beckett met Suzanne Deschevaus-Dusmesnil. During World War II when Paris was invaded, they joined the Resistance. They were later forced to flee Paris after being betrayed to the Gestapo, but returned in 1945. Beckett and Deschevaus-Dusmesnil married in 1961. Samuel Beckett's first novel was Dream of Fair to Middling Women. Among his many works are Murphy; Malone Dies; and The Unnameable. His plays include Endgame, Happy Days, Not I, That Time, and Krapp's Last Tape. In 1953, the production of Waiting For Godot in Paris by director and actor Roger Blin earned Beckett international fame. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. His style was postmodern minimalist and some of his major themes were imprisonment in one's self, the failure of language, and moral conduct in a godless world. Despite his fame, Samuel Beckett led a secluded life. In his later years he suffered from cataracts and emphysema. His wife Suzanne died on July 17, 1989 and Beckett died on December 22nd of the same year.

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

Dan Gunn is professor of comparative literature and English at the American University of Paris, where he is also director of the Center for Writers and Translators.

list of illustrations
General introduction
French translator's preface george craig
Editorial procedures
Acknowledgments
Permissions
List of abbreviations
Introduction to Volume II dangunn
Letters 1941-1956
Appendix
Profiles
Bibliography of works cited
Index of recipients
Summary listing of Samuel Beckett's works, Volume II
Generalindex