Beckett Centennial

The New York Sun has some info on Grove's forthcoming boxed set of virtually all of Beckett's works.

Grove Press, Beckett's original American publisher, has produced the most suitable tribute for so fastidious and ornery an author. The Grove Centenary Edition of his works, edited by Paul Auster in four handsome volumes ($24 each), contains almost all the extraordinary prose, poetry, and drama Beckett produced over half a century. Volume One (496 pages), with a superb introduction by Colm Toibin, offers the early novels ("Murphy" and "Watt"), written in English, followed by "Mercier and Camier," one of his first books composed in French. Volume Two (536 pages), introduced by Salman Rushdie, contains the great trilogy ("Molloy," "Malone Dies," and "The Unnamable"), together with "How It Is," all written originally in French and translated by Beckett himself. Volume Three (520 pages), with a rather perfunctory introduction by Edward Albee, brings together the dramatic works from "Waiting for Godot" of 1952 to "What Where" of 1983. And Volume Four (584 pages), introduced in dry academic mode by J. M. Coetzee, has the poetry, the short fiction, and the essays, including the remarkable 1930 study of Proust. For the diehard Beckettophile, there is also "En attendant / Waiting for Godot" (Grove, 368 pages, $22), a sumptuous edition of his most famous play with the French and English versions on facing pages.



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