The Letters of Samuel Beckett is the first comprehensive edition of the letters of Irish-born writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), providing access to primary sources now scattered in archives and private collections worldwide. Through The Letters, students, scholars, critics and theater artists can trace the evolution of Beckett’s work with increased insight into his choices as a writer. Anthony Roche wrote in The Irish Review of Books: "These extraordinary letters will be of value not just to people interested in Beckett but to an even larger general audience." Volumes I-IV and the collected set are available from Cambridge University Press:

Volume I: 1929-1940 (2009)
Volume II: 1941-1956 (2011)
Volume III: 1957-1965 (2014)
Volume IV: 1966-1989 (2016)
Collected Volumes


Highlights from the reviews: 


  • "My word, what an archive; I could be gone for months inside this!"
Gerald Dawe. Poet, Professor Emeritus, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
  • "What an incredible resource for the field."
Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Volume IV

Volume III

Volume II

Volume I

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