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: by January 1924 (Andromaque), by April 1926 (Phèdre), by April 1926 (Bérénice), by April 1926 (Athalie), by October 1927, October 1931 (Britannicus, Bajazet, Mithridate).
Uncertain: the handwriting and the brevity of the remarks do not resemble young Beckett's student marginalia. Knowing Beckett's deep engagement with Racine's works, it seems likely that this is not the edition he used as a student or later as a lecturer.
Source: TCD College Calendar
Racine, Jean: Théâtre complet, avec des remarques littéraires et un choix de notes classiques par M. Félix Lemaistre; précédé d'une notice sur la vie et le théâtre de Racine par L.-S. Auger
Paris: Garnier Frères, n.d. [1863]
Location: Beckett International Foundation, The University of Reading
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Available scans cover, inscription, tp, 569, 628.