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The Letters of Samuel Beckett

This October, the third volume of the celebrated Letters of Samuel Beckett will hit shelves, reigniting our passion here at fifteeneightyfour for one of the greatest modern writers.

Written at the height of Beckett’s international fame, these letters capture the writer struggling for a balance between the demands of his new celebrity and the need for peace and silence to continue working. In these letters from 1957 to 1965 he corresponds with the likes of Kay Boyle, John Ashbery, and Harold Pinter, tackles the reality of censorship, translates his own work, and opens up about his writing process as never before.

For the next six weeks, we’ll be celebrating Samuel Beckett—the man and his writing—with featured posts, interviews with the editors, and insight into the newest volume of one of the greatest collections of twentieth century letters.


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