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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107001269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107001268
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jorge Luis Borges has narrated the story of a man who buys Shakespeare's memory. Similarly, this exhaustive and compact book gives you access to Samuel Beckett's memory. Beckett's Library, which will become an indispensable reference for future Beckett studies, guides you step by step through Beckett's extensive and polyglot library, explaining its annotations, marginalia, and cross-references. And be reassured, this library also includes Shakespeare …' Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania

'[Beckett's Library] is a magnificent piece of work. I am mightily impressed with it.' Edward Beckett, Executor of the Beckett Estate

'Serious and scholarly … The book is striking in its forensic treatment of the dialogue between a life in reading and a life in writing.' The Times Literary Supplement

'Hulle and Nixon's examination of the 700 books in Beckett's library at his death is diligent and methodical … The authors display great ingenuity at dating Beckett's markers, and they ably note references to the reading in Beckett's work.' Choice

'Samuel Beckett's Library will primarily be of interest to Beckett scholars, since it opens up so many new intertextual leads for critical detective work. The book will become as important a reference work as James Knowlson's biography Damned to Fame or the recent editions of Beckett's letters. But it will also appeal to anyone with an interest in literary influence, marginalia and intellectual history, as well as more casual admirers of Beckett's work.' Andy Wimbush, Library and Information History

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Samuel Beckett's Library critically examines the reading notes and marginalia contained in the books of Samuel Beckett's surviving library in Paris. Previously inaccessible to scholars, this is the first study to assess the importance of the marginalia, inscriptions, and other manuscript notes in the 750 volumes of the library.

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The other 5 star review on this Beckett "product" could have been written by Didi or Gogo! That review has only been topped by a reviewer commenting on a volume of the Grove Edition of Beckett's works, who said, " This is the second in a collection of four hardbacked novels celebrating the works of Samuel Beckett. Bar a handful of omissions it is a comprehensive collection; this book contains the writer's novels. The book is beautifully presented and has a really solid feel. The price is competitive and the contents carefully detailed and coherent. Would make a great gift; I bought a set for a colleague who was leaving our school and he, as a long time Beckett fan, was made up. Highly recommended and a great price." Brilliant! Don't you just adore that the book has "solid feel" , "competitive price" and "contents detailed and coherent"? Beckett would have loved to see his work described in such utilitarian terms. Priceless reviews.

And by the way, the book under review here is a must have for Beckett devotees who want to plumb the depths of the great man's thinking.
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