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The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1941-1956

The second volume of Samuel Beckett's correspondence to be published in September 2011
The Letters of Samuel Beckett (Volume II), 1941-1956

Cambridge University Press have announced a publication date for the second in a four volume collection of The Letters of Samuel Beckett. Volume 2, which covers the years from 1941 to 1956, shall be released in September 2011 (Thanks to Volker Frick for the news.):
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 meurt and L'Innommable), essays and plays – most notably En attendant 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. [Read more]
Publisher's Website: The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941 - 1956, eds. Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Lois More Overbeck, Dan Gunn & George Craig, Cambridge University Press

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