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Dan Gunn launches the Beckett Letters volume 3 in Dublin, Friday 27 March 2015

SB coverFor alumni and friends of AUP in Dublin – an invitation to attend the launch of:

The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 3, 1957-1965. Edited by George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, Lois More Overbeck (Cambridge: CUP, 2013)

The Event will be held at the United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwillian Street Dublin 2, at 17:30, Friday 27 March 2015.

There will also be a seminar open to all on the translation of the letters at 11:00 (Room 5033, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin). This will be directed Dan Gunn and George Craig (please RSVP to the address below for both events)

 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.

RSVP to either Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, French Department, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland; tel. (00 353 1) 896 2686; e-mail: by Friday 20 March; or Sarah Leahy, United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2; tel. (00 353 1) 661 1411; e-mail:

This event is graciously  supported and made possible by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the School of English, The Samuel Beckett Summer School (all in Trinity College Dublin), the United Arts Club, and the French Embassy.


Dan Gunn – touring the US – alumni welcome

Dan Beckett wall

On Wednesday 25 February at 19:00, Dan will be presenting Samuel Beckett’s letters with Joseph O’Neill at Albertine in New York

On Tuesday 3 March, from 18:00-20:00, he will be in conversation with Jean-Michel Rabaté in Philadelphia at Slought Gallery

And on Friday 6 March at 19:00, he will be reading from and discussing his recent novel with Claire Messud at Porter House Bookshop in Cambridge, Mass

Or if you can’t be at these events you can watch him walking and talking about Beckett.

Dan Gunn on video and in New York – invitation to alumni for an evening with Dan on 24 February

emperor coverDan Gunn will be going on a road-trip to meet readers of his new novel, The Emperor of Ice Cream, and of the latest volume of the Beckett letters.  He would like all alumni of the department to know about an AUP Alumni Soirée with Professor Dan Gunn in New York, to be held on Tuesday, 24 February 2015; 7:30 pm, at the home of alumna Laura Kaiserman Dupuy ’95

You are cordially invited to spend an evening with our gracious host Laura Kaiserman Dupuy ’95 and Professor Dan Gunn as he travels through the East Coast. During the event, Professor Gunn will read excerpts from his recent works The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume III 1957-1965 and The Emperor of Ice-Cream. Space for this evening is limited so please RSVP by February 10th. Location details will be provided upon confirmation.

If you have any questions, and for RSVPs, please contact

As preparation, you might like to look at this fabulous AUP video of Dan talking about Beckett while skirting the Santé prison

Daniel Medin at the Edinburgh International Book festival

Daniel Medin on stage in EdinburghDaniel Medin was in Edinburgh in August charing a panel on Roberto Bolaño at the International Book Festival.

Dan Gunn photographed him both in and out of the festival.

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Jesse T Lichtenstein

photo 2Daniel Medin is at  BookExpo America in New York, where he ran into Jesse T. Lichtenstein, recent graduate in the MA in Cultural Translation. She works for Seven Stories Press in New York, and has two published translations, including this one, the amazing Natural Histories by Guadalupe Nettel.

Dan Gunn visiting professor in Modena

The road I take from Modena train station to the University

Dan Gunn writes from Bologna, where he is living while working as a Visiting Professor at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia. He is teaching on translation with the specialist and author of many books on translation, Franco Nasi. He sends these photos from Modena, and of some of the university buildings where he is working.

As usual, Dan Gunn has been looking closely at things. Continue reading “Dan Gunn visiting professor in Modena”

Beckett as inspirational mantra

Fail betterProfessor Gunn is in Sussex at the moment, working with the editorial team on a new volume of Beckett’s letters. He noted that Beckett is turning up in some odd places these days, including as a tattoo on the forearm of the winner of the Australian Open Tennis tournament, Stanislas Wawrinka.

Jula Wildberger in Florence

View from the office window of my host, professoressa Rita Degl'Innocenti Pierini

As part of her ongoing search for lost Stoic treatises on ethics and the emotions, Jula Wildberger gave an invited talk “Copia-e-incolla e la struttura del compendio di etica stoica attribuito ad Ario Didimo” at the Facoltà di lettere of the Università degli studi in Florence.

More photographs after the jump:

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Professor Medin’s Kafka class travels to Prague

Professor Medin's students in the Café Louvre, which Kafka used to frequent (no doubt for its exceptionally decadent hot chocolate), along with Albert Einstein and other notable early-twentieth-century intellectuals.

Last week, Professor Medin and students from the CL4000 Kafka and World Literature class traveled to Prague. Lucile Culver took these photographs  (more after the jump): Continue reading “Professor Medin’s Kafka class travels to Prague”

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