Volume 4. 1966-1989
The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 4. 1966-1989. Edited by George Craig, University of Sussex
Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Emory University, Atlanta
Dan Gunn, The American University of Paris
Lois More Overbeck, Emory University, Atlanta
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The fourth and final volume of the Cambridge edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, covers the final twenty-four years of what was, as Beckett saw it, a surprisingly long life. During these years he produced many of his finest and most concentrated works for theatre, plays that included Not I, Ohio Impromptu, and Catastrophe; for television he wrote Eh Joe and Ghost Trio ; while in prose, he produced the late ‘trilogy’ that comprises Company, Ill Seen Ill Said, andWorstward Ho. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the letters from this period show him struggling to cope with the pressures created by his ever-growing international fame. The letters reveal how, later, he turned his mind to his legacy, as seen through his interactions with biographers and archivists. This volume also provides chronologies, explanatory notes, translations, and profiles of Beckett’s chief correspondents.