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 1929, Summer 1930.
Beckett most likely read the entire collection in the (late) summer of 1929, when he wrote to MacGreevy about having finished the first volume (LSB I, 11). On 7 August 1930, he wrote to MacGreevy that he had started re-reading À la recherche du temps perdu (Pilling 2006, 26). The fourth volume contains a marginal note ("Mail Boat - Aug 1928") that could be mistaken for the date when Beckett was reading that passage. The note actually indicates that Beckett retrospectively associated the narrator's transition from an "ancien moi" to a "moi différent" with his own experience of moving to continental Europe. Nevertheless, the reading itself took place in 1929.
Sources: The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. I, 1929-1940, p. 11. John Pilling, A Samuel Beckett Chronology, p. 26.
Proust, Marcel: À la recherche du temps perdu: À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs **
Paris: Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1929
Location: Beckett International Foundation, The University of Reading
Inscription: 'P / Samuel Beckett // 254,043'
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