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: August 1930.
Beckett may have read Dostoevsky's Le Crime et le châtiment by that time, as Van Hulle and Nixon note (2013, 123). The copy still present in Beckett's library bears no date, nor annotations, but could be a plausible first title by the Russian author for him.
Sources: Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon, Samuel Beckett's Library, p. 123. The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. I, 1929-1940, p. 41.
Dostoievski, Fjodor: Le Crime et le châtiment
Paris: Librairie Plon, [1884]
35th ed.
Victor Derély (translation)

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