Student library info The Student library info pertains to the period when Beckett was a student at Trinity College Dublin (1923-1927) and a lecturer at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and TCD (1928-1931). It explains when he is thought to have acquired and read the book in question, based on his inscription, as well as various external sources including the official TCD college calendars, his 'Dream' Notebook, and his letters.Read: Summer 1926.
Beckett used this as his guidebook for his first trip through France. It contains many literary landmarks connected to Rabelais, Ronsard, Descartes and Balzac among others (Knowlson 1996, 64). Notebook MS 10964 (containing a summary of the Divine Comedy) bears the inscription "Bought at Tours: Sept. 3rd 1926", the town where Beckett started and ended his trip (Knowlson 1996, 65)
Source: James Knowlson, Damned to Fame (1996), p. 64.
Debraye, Henri: En Touraine et sur les bords de la Loire
Grenoble: Éditions J. Rey, 1926
Location: Currently for sale at De Búrca Rare Books [march 2016]
Inscription: '[signed] / Paris August 1926'
Notes: Loosely inserted is a photographic postcard of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland depicting Arthur Jacob. Inscribed "See ref. to Cycling trip in the Loire with Charles C. Clark and inspiration for the poem Return to the Vestry 1926 in Lawrence E. Harvey - Samuel Beckett. Poet & Critic, p.308".

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