"Matthew Feldman has been one of the leading Beckett scholars of the past generation. These essays cumulatively testify to the standards he has set for empirical and archival research in this field. That we now speak of the "grey canon"- the archive of notebooks and unpublished papers that have transformed our understanding of Beckett's debts and influences - is in no small part due to Feldman's ground-breaking interventions."
Rónán McDonald, Director of the Global Irish Studies Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
"The common thread running through this richly furnished volume is the sheer diversity of ideas, echoes, and influences playing into the creative imagination of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Matthew Feldman’s nuanced analyses emerge from many years of sustained engagement with Beckett’s notebooks and drafts, and with the intellectual environment which surrounded their production. These insightful essays offer the reader an illuminating journey through Beckett’s writing and its cultural milieu. They will be indispensable for any serious scholar of Beckett."
Mary Bryden, Professor of French Studies, University of Reading
"For myself, one (of the many) young Beckett scholar(s) to benefit from Feldman’s scholarly generosity, I am happy to read the collection as an intellectual autobiography. Feldman […] challenge us […] to reflect again on the importance of Beckett’s reading of ancient and contemporary philosophy."
Arthur Rose, Journal of Beckett Studies 2018 27.1