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The Letters of Samuel Beckett - Volume 4. 1966–1989


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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.

Key Features

> This final volume, focusing on the last twenty-four years of Beckett's life, completes the acclaimed, first authorised edition of Samuel Beckett's letters

> Presents the letters, many for the first time, gathered from archival and private collections worldwide, with bibliographical description

> Includes full explanatory notes, chronologies, profiles of Beckett's main correspondents, and detailed references to the location of the letters

An Interview with editor Dan Gunn

Also in the Series

The Letters of Samuel Beckett - Volume 1
The Letters of Samuel Beckett - Volume 2
The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume 3
Letters of Samuel Bckett Cover Image

The Letters of Samuel Beckett

Volume 4. 1966 - 1989

Author: Samuel Beckett
Editors: Geoge Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfield, Dan Gunn, Lois More Overbeck
Publication: September 2016
ISBN: HB 9780521867962

Contents Listing

  • 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.

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