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Preface by Paul Auster • Foreword by Edward Beckett
Edited by Lois Oppenheim • Curated by Astrid Myers Rosset
“You know, Barney, I think my writing days are over,” Beckett writes in 1954 [when most of his output was still ahead of him.] And later, “Sick of all this old vomit and despair more and more of ever being able to puke again. In a world where writers switch publishers at the first shake of a martini pitcher, our trans-Atlantic communications seemed to float on a sea of tranquility and trust.” – from Dear Mr. Beckett
Through letters, contracts, photos, interviews, speeches, reviews and memorabilia – most of which has never before been made public – a rare personal and professional friendship unfolds between these two oddly shy daredevils; through their embrace, they shifted and turned the tide of literature in America.
Among the many never before published entries:
• Beckett's discussion about acting with his long time director, Alan Schneider, as they huddled with Barney Rosset in his East Hampton quonset hut about their upcoming rehearsal with Buster Keaton.
• Susan Sontag correspondence on her Godot production in Sarajevo.
• The comprehensive Endgame file about the controversial production in Cambridge Mass which proceeded against Beckett's wishes.
• Interviews with Eugene Ionesco and Alain Robbe-Grillet about Beckett and Rosset and the Absurdists.
• Estelle Parsons correspondence with Beckett about the actress's proposal to perform Godot with Shelley Winters on Broadway.
• Comprehensive file on the genesis and development of Beckett's Rockaby with Billie Whitelaw.
• Comprehensive file on Rosset's termination from Grove, the press he founded and championed.
Publisher: Opus Books
Page Count: 320
Dimensions: 9 X 7.5 inches