Rushdie, Albee, Bynum and Smith read Beckett


If you’re in Atlanta tomorrow, get thee to Emory!

March 17 | 8:00pm | Glenn Memorial Auditorium | Free

beckett-letters-thFrom the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Literary lion Samuel Beckett is Big Man on Emory’s Campus this week.

Kicking off a three-day celebration of the Nobel Laureate’s legacy on Tuesday, playwright Edward Albee, author Salman Rushdie, actors Brenda Bynum and Robert Shaw Smith will read from the recently published book of Beckett’s early letters.

“The Letters of Samuel Beckett: 1929-1940” (Cambridge University Press) has special significance for the university. It is the first of a four-volume project affiliated with Emory’s Graduate School since 1990. More than 50 fellows in a variety of disciplines have helped editors Martha Fehsenfeld and Lois Overbeck in their research. In return, they’ve gained valuable hands-on experience in the archival, research and production sides of manuscript publication.

Emory’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library has been an active partner in the project. The library has collected first editions and translations of Beckett’s writing and uncovered letters from the poet/playwright in its archives of fellow writers. Raymond Danowski’s vast archive of 20th-century journals, periodicals and books has been particularly useful in their research, says project editor Overbeck.

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