Justin Beplate

‘Hammer hammer adamantine words’

The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume III: 1957–1965

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The second volume of Samuel Beckett’s Letters charted his emergence as a major French-language writer in the postwar era and the financial rewards that came with successful productions of Godot both in Europe and across the Atlantic. Volume III, covering the years 1957 to 1965, sees a tentative return to English – or a queer form of it – in the composition of such works as All That Fall, a radio play written at the invitation of the BBC, and his one-act play Krapp’s Last Tape (described in a letter to Donald McWhinnie as ‘a sentimental affair in my best original English manner’). Beckett’s range of correspondents grows wider in this volume, in step with his increasingly public profile; yet, if the selection of letters gathered here is representative, the focus in this period shifts decisively towards the Anglophone world.

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