A rounded portrait of Samuel Beckett
The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume II: 1941–1956
edited by George Craig et al.
Cambridge University Press, $59.95 hb, 886 pp, 9780521867948
In a 2009 interview linked to his production of Endgame in which he played Clov, the actor–director Simon McBurney observed that ‘nearly all theatre colleagues I meet have a Beckett story’. My own (second-hand) favourite Beckett story, told me by the Brecht scholar and former deputy editor of the Times Literary Supplement John Willett, might seem too drolly apposite to be true: but he assured me that it was.