2015 CHOICE Award given to latest volume of Beckett Letters
February 2, 2016
The Letters of Samuel Beckett v.3 has been awarded the prestigious 2015 CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Titles by the American Library Association. The previous two volumes of Beckett's Letters, also co-edited and translated by Professor Dan Gunn were previously awarded this honor. The CHOICE award citation for Volume 3 is below:
Following two previous volumes of Beckett's letters—volume 1, 1929-40 (CH, Aug'09, 46-6645), and volume 2, 1941-56(CH, Nov'12, 50-1320)—this third volume of a projected four covers the years after the success of Waiting for Godot (1953), a period in which Beckett was especially prolific. He is composing and staging plays, such as Endgameand Happy Days, and producing work for radio, television, and cinema. Written from Paris and his country house in Ussy-Sur-Marne, the letters dispel any myth of Beckett as hermit and reveal that he inhabited an active social world. Much is going on and Beckett is intensely involved with productions, foreign visits, foreign guests, and publication and translations of his work. Beckett’s range of correspondents expanded during this period, and the volume includes useful indexes of first names and recipients and profiles of the chief correspondents. Chronologies are included throughout the volume, as are detailed annotations, illustrations, photographs, and even sketches in which Beckett explained production details. Extensive critical introductions provide contexts for the letters and explanations and translations of writings not in English. The volume sheds light on the life and work of this major literary figure, and it will be an invaluable resource for scholars, directors, set-designers, and actors alike. Summing Up: Essential. All readers.
--J. S. Baggett, Lander University
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