John Banville on Samuel Beckett's Letters

A look at Beckett's artistic development in post-war Europe
Samuel Beckett and Alberto Giacometti in Giacometti’s studio, Paris, 1961. Photo: Georges Pierre/Sygma/Corbis
John Banville reviews the second volume of Samuel Beckett's correspondence for The New York Review of Books: 'The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941–1956 is, like its predecessor, a model of editorial diligence and inspiration. The scholarly apparatus is impeccable. The range of citations of sources boggles the mind—is there anything these Four Masters have not followed up and tracked to its lair? And what a marvel the translator, George Craig, has wrought. Even a glance at a page of one of the letters to Duthuit brings on dizziness—Beckett’s handwriting more and more aspired to the condition of the straight line—but Craig makes his way every time from end to end of the high wire with deceptive ease and aplomb.' [Read More]

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