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Ref No IE TCD MS 10402
Title Letters from Samuel Beckett to Thomas MacGreevy
Creation Dates 1931-1966
Extent And Medium 280 letters
Level Of Description Collection
Author Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)
Admin Biographical History Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906 the younger of two sons of William [Bill] Beckett, a quantity surveyor and May Beckett née Roe. He was educated in Dublin, and in Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, co Fermanagh. He entered Trinity College Dublin in 1923 where he studied the normal mix of subjects in the BA course, including English literature, and he took French and Italian as his honour subjects. He graduated in 1927; taught for a period of time in Campbell College Belfast; attended the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he met the poet Thomas MacGreevy; and returned to Trinity College as a teacher in 1930, resigning in January 1932. He spend the next number of years travelling and living in England, France and Germany while continuing to read widely in literature and philosophy, attending psychoanalysis and writing. His novel Murphy was published in 1938. Beckett was in France during the Second World War and joined the French Résistance and worked in a Red Cross hospital. A period in the 1940s and 1950s saw Beckett write more prolifically that he ever would again, producing Watt, Molloy, Malone meurt, L'innommable and Textes pour rien as well as poetry, essays, novellas and reviews. Beckett's most famous work En attendant Godot was finished in 1949 and opened in Paris in 1953. Beckett was, by this time, living permanently in Paris and he married Suzanne Deschevaux-Dumesnil in 1961. Beckett produced work in many genres including film over the remainder of his life, returning to the English language for some of them and always translating his own work. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1969, an event he described as a 'catastrophe'. He died, pre-deceased by Suzanne Beckett, in 1989.

Born in Co Kerry in 1893, Thomas MacGreevy was a poet and a pivotal figure in the history of Irish literary modernism. Despite publishing just one volume of poetry in his lifetime, Poems (1934), he published extensively in newspapers and journals as a reviewer and commentator of literature and the arts. He was director of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1950 to 1963 and served on the first Irish Arts Council. He became acquainted with Samuel Beckett in 1927 while working in at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and so began their lifelong friendship. Thomas MacGreevy died in 1967.
Scope And Content Letters sent from Paris, London, Dublin, and Berlin.
Arrangement Chronological
Custodial History Bequeathed by MacGreevy to Trinity College Dublin.
Document TCDMS10402.pdf
Access Conditions All Beckett material must be consulted in surrogate form. The reference number for this item is MS MF 179
Copyright Please contact mscripts@tcd.ie
Mgt Group Literary & theatrical
Art, music & architecture
Language English.
Related Material TCD MS 3771/12-25: Beckett letters to Herbert O. Whyte
TCD MSS 4630-49/1346; /3332-3: Beckett poetry in The Dublin Magazine collection
MS 4717/199 Photograph of Beckett in TCD scholars' group 1926. B&W Irish Times photo mounted on card.
TCD MSS 4908-11/6-13: correspondence between Beckett and Patricia Hutchins
TCD MSS 9027; 9031-41: correspondence with Percy Arland Ussher
TCD MS 9308 passim: letters and notes from Beckett mostly to members of TCD
TCD MS 9795/2: correspondence between Beckett and R.B.D.French
TCD MS 10495: En attendant Godot rehersal copy
TCD MS 10513: letters from Beckett to Nick Rawson
TCD MS 10668/1-2a: correspondence with Gerald Barry
TCD MS 10846/1-5: correspondence between Beckett and Barbara Wright
TCD MS 10889/1-19: correspondence between Beckett and Roger Little
TCD MS 10890/1-3: letters from Beckett to Estella Solomons and Micheal Solomons
TCD MSS 10962-10971: reading notes made by Beckett
TCD MS 10730: ts of Waiting for Godot from the Pike Theatre collection
TCD MS 10731: correspondence between Beckett and the Pike Theatre
TCD MS 10948: the Barbara Bray collection of letters and works
TCD MS 11090/1-138: letters from Beckett to Bettina Jonic
TCD MS 11211/2/1-2: supplementary MacGreevy papers
TCD MS 11223: notebook containing drafts of Imagination dead imagine and other texts
TCD MS 11249: photographs of Beckett taken in Henri Hayden's garden
TCD MS 11284: Beckett letters to Peggy Sinclair
TCD MS 11286: dramatic fragment entitled 'Epilogue'
TCD MS 11298, 11298a: Letters to Eileen O'Casey
TCD MS 11313: letters to Patrick Magee; scripts
TCD MS 11315: letters and cards to Con Leventhal and Marion Leigh
TCD MS 11317-8: copies of scripts Fine de partie; Endgame. Also Euletheria
TCD MS 11331/2: photocopies of letters from Beckett to Elsevira Sayers
TCD MSS 7985-8190 papers of Thomas MacGreevy
TCD MS 10381: further papers of Thomas MacGreevy
Public Note M.D. Fehsenfeld and L.M. Overbeck (eds), The letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-1940 (Cambridge 2009).
http://www.macgreevy.org/index.jsp accessed May 2010.
Susan Schreibman, The collected poems of Thomas MacGreevy (Dublin: Anna Livia P., 1991. Catholic University of American Press, 1991).
James Knowlson, Dammned to fame: the life of Samuel Beckett (Bloomsbury 1996)
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