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: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20 March; or Sarah Leahy, United Arts Club, 3, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2; tel. (00 353 1) 661 1411; e-mail: email@example.com
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.