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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What Samuel Beckett Read

A collection of Samuel Becket's letters sheds light on what was reading 1941-1956. He liked Albert Camus’s The Stranger. “Try and read it,” he writes. “I think it is important.” He dismisses Agatha Christie’s Crooked House as “very tired Christie” but praises Around the World in 80 Days, “It is lively stuff.” But the book he reserves the most praise for is J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. “I liked it very much indeed, more than anything for a long time.”

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