Friday, March 13, 2009

Emory delivers The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-1940

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Samuel Beckett was never interested in clearing up confusion around his writing. The Nobel Prize-winning author, best known for Waiting for Godot, wrote in a tone that could swing from playful and absurd to devastating and tragic, often confounding those interested in hashing out simple meanings. When asked point blank to explain who exactly Godot was, he famously replied, “If I knew, I would have said so in the play.” This unwillingness, or inability, to discuss his work left some readers feeling like a character on one of Beckett’s notoriously sparse stages — alone and in the dark.

The publication of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-1940, part one in a four-volume series of correspondence from 1929 until his death in 1989, arrives with a certain degree of intrigue.

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