BECKETT, SAMUEL

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BECKETT, SAMUEL - Uncommon Autograph Letter by Samuel Beckett, Author of Waiting for Godot
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BECKETT, SAMUEL - Uncommon Autograph Letter by Samuel Beckett, Author of Waiting for Godot

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BECKETT, SAMUEL. (1906-1989). Irish avant-garde poet and playwright; regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ALS. (“Beckett”). 1p. 4to. Paris, September 3, 1963. To French author and artist JEAN DEMÉLIER (b. 1940), to whom he served as a mentor.

 

“I was away from Paris and did not get your letter until today. I called Mr. [?] who told me that he had sent you your [poems?] So here I am, unable, much to my chagrin, to do you the favor you asked me. Warm regards, Yours, Beckett”

 

Associated with modernism, postmodernism and the Theatre of the Absurd, Beckett is best-known for his bleak, minimalist dramas such as Waiting for Godot. Although he lived in Dublin and London, most of Beckett’s life was spent in Paris. (He even worked for the French Resistance during World War II.) Always wary of fame, Beckett eschewed celebrity seekers but later in life he made time for scholars and other admirers whom he would often meet in the lobby of the Hotel PLM St. Jacques near his home in Montparnasse.

 

One such recipient of his largesse was our letter’s recipient, Demélier, who traveled to London with Beckett’s aid and who Beckett introduced to the publisher Gallimard, who published six of his novels including Le Rêve de Job, Le Sourire de Jonas, La Constellation des Chiens, Le Miroir de Janus, andLe Jugement de Poitiers. In addition to authoring numerous art books, essays and radio plays, in 1976 Demélierpublished the poetry collection  L’astronome biologique, 13 poèmes pour Samuel Beckett.

 

Written in blue ink on a plain sheet of paper which has been folded into quarters. Very fine and with the original envelope.

 

 

 

 

Item #20473


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