A Samuel Beckett Chronology by John Pilling (auth.)

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23 6 months British Museum reading ticket issued. 27 Prentice sends back the poems that SB had sent him earlier in the month, indicating that Chatto can do nothing with them. Acquires a reference for an educational agency from Rudmose-Brown; makes an appointment with Truman and Knightley; has requested the testimonial by about 14/7, has visited the agency by 4 August. August Edward Garnett advises Jonathan Cape that Chatto were right to turn down Dream; so Cape do likewise; it is also rejected by the Hogarth Press (to whom SB offers it on 29/7), but is still under consideration by Grayson and Grayson.

October New York Stock Market Crash. ) Georges Pelorson installed as exchange lecturer at TCD. TMacG publishes an article ‘Mr WB Yeats as a Dramatist’ in the Revue Anglo-Américaine 7:1, 19–36. ) meets Richard Aldington in Paris with TMacG and Walter Lowenfels (and again on 25/10, when TMacG meets Frere Reeves of Heinemann). ) Che Sciagura published in TCD magazine. ) at a party given by Walter Lowenfels. Late 1929 goes with JJ to hear John Sullivan sing Tannhauser at the Paris Opéra, followed by dinner at the Café de la Paix.

Trinity Term Senior Sophister Examinations begin. First publication in transition of ‘Opening Pages of a Work in Progress’ Goes to Italy for the first time; this is the date SB gives in the fifth of his German diaries. Goes to Florence, where he meets and sees regularly Vera Esposito, the sister of SB’s Italian teacher. ) Louis Purser letter to TMacG recommending SB’s appointment to the Ecole Normale Supérieure in November; but TMacG retains the post for a second year. ) WT Cosgrave of Cumann na nGaedheal, President of the Irish Free State since 27 August 1923, remains in control of the government with 47 seats.

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