Samuel Beckett

Irish novelist and playwright, 1906-1989

"A resident of Paris for most of his adult life, Beckett wrote in both French and English. His work offers a bleak, tragi-comic outlook on human existence, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour, and became increasingly minimalist in his later career. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the ""Theatre of the Absurd"". Apart from Beckett's well-known plays as ""Waiting for Godot"" (premièred in 1953), he also wrote short stories, and poems. He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature ""for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation""."

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Beckett, Samuel

irischer Schriftsteller u. Dramatiker, Literatur-Nobelpreis 1969 (1906-1989). Portraitphotographie mit eigenh. Unterschrift auf der Bildseite. o. O. u. D. 215 : 130 mm.
$ 1,740 / 1.500 € (79931)

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Beckett, Samuel

irischer Schriftsteller (1906-1989). Eigenh. Brief mit Unterschrift. Paris, „38 Bd. St. Jacques“. 4to. 1 p.
$ 2,088 / 1.800 € (83145)

„[…] I note the dates of your Paris concerts and look forward to seeing you back again and to hearing again your great piano. I am returning to you ... the books inscribed.“ – Ferner über einen ihm ebenfalls zugesandten Sammel- band, der ihm „great entertainment“ bereitet habe. „... I had no hand in the making of it, it contains no text of mine and I do not feel I can write in it. Forgive me! […]“

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Beckett, Samuel

Schriftsteller und Nobelpreisträger (1906-1989). Autograph letter signed. Paris. ½ S. Gr.-4to.
$ 1,740 / 1.500 € (49317/BN33651)

To the writer and journalist Hans Eberhard Friedrich, thanking for sending him some copies of "Welt der Literatur", and refusing a contribution (apparently to a magazine). - Left margin with punched holes (no loss to text).

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Beckett, Samuel

Irish writer and Nobel laureate (1906-1989). 19 autograph items (lettercards, picture postcards, calling cards and one letter) signed ("Sam Beckett" or "Sam"). Paris, London, Algeria, Morocco. Altogether approximately 14 pp. Various formats. With 10 autogr. envelopes.
$ 14,503 / 12.500 € (72659/BN46557)

To the German actor Stefan Wigger who had played the character of Vladimir in Beckett's Berlin production of "Waiting for Godot" in 1975. During the following years, Wigger had sent him congratulations, books or messages of various content, and Beckett answered him in a friendly way. - "[...] Bien reçu hier les deux livres dont je me promets beaucoup de plaisir et votre gentille carte de voeux. Je suis très touché que vous ayez pensé à mon anniversaire et vous remercie de tout coeur. Je pense souvent aux amis du Schiller et leur dis à tous un grand Grüss Gott! [...]" (13.

IV. 1972). - "[...] Retour de voyage je trouve avec le beau livre du cher vieux Fontane votre gentille carte de voeux [...]" (23. IV. 1974). - "[...] Als Stock absagte, wollte ich Sie. Mir wurde geantwortet, Sie seien nicht mehr frei. Jetzt ist es mit Fernau abgemacht. Ich bedaure sehr [...]" (18. VIII. 1975). - "[...] Un grand merci pour votre toi-toi-toi. Le travail ici s'est bien passé. Retour à Paris cette semaine [...]" (10. X. 1976). - "[...] Many thanks for your card from Dublin. Hope all went well & no casualties [...]" (25. IV. 1977). - "[...] J'ai peur que le théâtre ne m'ait fait ses adieux. Moi qui aimerais tant pouvoir jouer encore une fois avec la chère bande à Godot. Bolli, Klaus, Carl, embrasse-les bien fort à ma place [...]" (12. IV. 1980; Becket refers to the "Godot"-performers in Berlin, Horst Bollmann, Klaus Herm and Carl Raddatz). - "[...] I feel my theatre days are over - as director at least. TV perhaps not yet quite. I often think of you all & of our times together - with fondness & nostalgia [...]" (6. IV. 1983)..

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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Schriftsteller und Nobelpreisträger für Literatur. 9 e. Briefe m. U., Paris u. Ussy sur Marne, 6. Januar 1973-28. Dezember 1973, 9 Seiten versch. Formats. An Johann Käfer in Wien: I. 6. Januar 1973: „[…] Thank you for your letter and poem which I have read with much interest. I am here working on rehearsals of short new play. They are proving very difficult: On my return to Paris later in the month I shall send you a copy of Der Namenlose […]“ – II. 12. Mai 1973: „[…] Literatur u. Kritik has arrived. I have read your poem again with pleasure and appreciation. My […] compliments […]“