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22-24 June, Association for Documentary Editing Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York

Available or Understandable?, Annotation as the User’s Best Friend (Roundtable)
Sherry Darling, Editor, The Mary Baker Eddy Papers
David Nolen, Associate Editor, Ulysses S. Grant Papers
Lois Overbeck, Managing Editor, Letters of Samuel Beckett Project
Lynn Price, MA, Assistant Editor, Washington Family Papers
Victoria Sciancalepore, Assistant Editor, The Jane Addams Papers Project

19 April, “Film (1965) and NOTFILM (2015), plus a Q & A with Ross Lipman”

The Department of Film and Media Studies and the Samuel Beckett Project; Emory University, White Hall 208

Beckett’s first venture in film was his 1964 production entitled FILM starring Buster Keaton and directed by Alan Schneider. Beckett was on-location during the filming in New York, his only visit to the United States; he also participated actively in the filming and editing process with Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman and film editor Sidney Meyers.

Archivist/filmmaker Ross Lipman offers a sneak preview of his work-in-progress, NOTFILM, slated for international release by Milestone in 2015. NOTFILM is a feature-length experimental essay on FILM’s production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.


December 12 - New York

The Letters of Samuel Beckett, a words and usic evening to mark the publication of the fourth and final volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett: 1966-1989, which shows the author struggling with ever-growing international fame, producing some of his finest stage, TV and prose works, and turning his attention to his legacy.

  • With Annabel Davis-Goff, Nick Laird, Colum McCann, Colm Toíbín and the Tesla Quartet.
  • The Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd  Street Y, New York

Martha Dow Fehsenfeld and Lois More Overbeck, “The Letters of Samuel Beckett,” a pre-program talk

7 December - Paris

25 November - University of Cambridge

George Craig and Dan Gunn, presentation with George Craig of The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume IV, 1966-1989 at a symposium devoted to the volume at King’s College, University of Cambridge, November 2016.

Dan Gunn, "Samuel Beckett's Letters". A reading and discussion at a symposium dedicated to Volume IV of the Beckett Letters at King's College, Cambridge.

22 November 2016, DublinBarry McGovern, Edward Beckett, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Lois More Overbeck, and Minister Charles Flanagan taken at Iveagh House, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin

22 November - Dublin

Launch of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, IV (1966-1989), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

  • Welcome, Mr. Charles Flanagan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
  • The Publisher’s Perspective, Linda Bree, Senior Editor, Cambridge University Press, and
  • Appreciations, Lois More Overbeck, Editor.
  • Readings from The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1966-1989 by Barry McGovern.

15 November - London

George Craig and Dan Gunn, presentation of The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume IV, 1966-1989 at the London Review of Books bookshop.

10 November - Bath, Maine

Martha Fehsenfeld, “An Evening with Martha Dow Fehsenfeld,” The Mustard Seed Bookstore, Bath, Maine.

Performers in Words fail so simply much lovePerformers in Words fail so simply much love, a chamber reading from The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 4 1966-1989 And the Emory Chamber Players
Left to right, back row: Don Saliers, Richard Patterson, Barry McGovern
Left to right, front row: Robert Shaw-Smith, Cynthia Patterson , Alan Mandell, Brenda Bynum

3-5 November - Emory University, Atlanta

  • 5 November Words fail so simply much love, a chamber reading with musical interludes from Schubert, played by Don Saliers. Featuring readings from The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume IV (1966-1989) by Alan Mandell, Barry McGovern, Robert Shaw-Smith and Brenda Bynum
  • 3 November - January 18, 2017 Connecting Contexts: The Letters of Samuel Beckett 1929-1989 (Exhibition), curated by Lois Overbeck, Rose Manuscript and Rare Books Library - Emory University
  • 3 November Engagement in the Arts: Samuel Beckett in Prison (Waiting for Godot in San Quentin and The San Quentin Drama Workshop), a conversation with Alan Mandell and Lois Overbeck

31 October - 5 November - Emory University, Atlanta

Samuel Beckett's Life and Work: An Exhibition, courtesy of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

October, Fifteeneightyfour

Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, “Letters editor Martha Dow Fehsenfeld remembers Samuel Beckett”

24 October 2016 - Emory University, Atlanta

Mary Hutchinson Observed: From Bloomsbury to Beckett, a one-woman performance by Brenda Bynum (sponsored by The Emeritus College)

20 October, Emory Report: Last Volume of Samuel Beckett's letters celebrated at Emory


Dan Gunn, Video interview with editor Dan Gunn in Fifteeneightyfour (Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press). Discussion of the Letters of Samuel Beckett and the future of Beckett Scholarship.

George Craig, Dan Gunn, and Cirán HindsGeorge Craig, Dan Gunn, and Cirán Hinds
Ecole Normal Supérieure, Paris

29 September 2016 - Paris

Launch of Fourth Volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, hosted jointly by the American University of Paris, Ecole Normal Supérieure and the Centre Culturel Irlandais.

At the Ecole Normal Supérieure
Welcome by Marc Mézarad, ENS.
• Marc Porée, Director of LILA at the ENS, “Samuel Beckett and the ENS”
• George Craig, Editor and Translator, “Traduire Beckett / Translating Beckett”
• Dan Gunn, Editor, “The End of the Road”
• Ciarán Hinds and George Craig, “A Selection of Letters from Volume IV” 

George Craig, Dan Gunn, and Cirán HindsSinéad Mac Aodha, Director, George Craig, Editor, Linda Bree, Cambridge University Presss

At the Centre Culturel Irlandais
Welcome, Sinéad Mac Aodha, Director
Linda Bree, “The Publisher’s Perspective”
Edward Beckett, “My Uncle’s Letters”


Dan Gunn, “An Interview with Dan Gunn on The Letters of Samuel Beckett” (in two parts), in Fifteeneightyfour (Academic Perspectives from Cambridge University Press), September 2016. Part 1 and Part 2.

August 2016 - Edinburgh

Editor Dan Gunn, participated in a workshop on Beckett’s “First Love” at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

8 July 2016

Dan Gunn, “More Vim than Spunk”: on Jo Baker, A Country Road, A Tree, The Times Literary Supplement.

June 2016 - London

Editor Dan Gunn, and Conor Carville presented a talk “Beckett and the Visual” as part of the Beckett In London festival, Criterion Theatre.

May 2016 - American University of Paris

Dan Gunn, Interview on the Beckett Letters Project

George Craig: “Aging: an Insider’s Look" in Raritan.

22-26 February - University of Aberdeen

Dan Gunn, Three plenary lectures ("Scholarly Editing as Translation", "Samuel Beckett Across the Arts", and "Boundary Crossings: Creative Practices, Critical Paradigms and The Worlds Between".) by invitation of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies and the Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History, at King’s College, University of Aberdeen.



Dan Gunn, “Samuel Beckett Through his Letters, 1957-1964”. A reading and lecture at Harvard University.

Dan Gunn and George Craig, “Translating Samuel Beckett,” Trinity College, Dublin.


Dan Gunn, “Editing as Translation”. A lecture at New York University.

Dan Gunn and Joseph O’Neill, “Samuel Beckett’s Letters,” Albertine Books, New York.


Dan Gunn, “Samuel Beckett Through his Letters, 1957-1964,” The Beckett International Foundation, University of Reading.
Dan Gunn, “Samuel Beckett,” Round-table, Cheltenham Literary Festival.


Emory Report: Beckett Letters Second Volume Debuts in America at Emory

Emory Report: Beckett letters illuminate reclusive writer's creative process