Dear Mr. Beckett - Letters from the Publisher
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.