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Samuel Beckett: A Celebration


After Godot

Nouvelles et textes pour rien. [Paris]: Les Éditions de Minuit, [1955.]
First edition. This copy is number 441 of an edition of 1100 numbered copies on vélin paper.

Melva B. Guthrie Fund

"Trois textes pour rien," in Les Lettres Nouvelles, 3 (May 1953).

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold


Stories & Texts for Nothing. New York: Grove Press, [1967.]
With drawings by Avigdor Arikha.

Gift of the University of Delaware Library Associates
No's Knife: Collected Shorter Prose, 1945-1966. London: Calder and Boyars, [1967].
This is copy number 68 of an edition limited to 100 numbered copies all signed by Samuel Beckett.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Erzählungen und Texte um Nichts; translated by Elmar Tophoven. [Frankfurt am Main]: Suhrkamp Verlag, [1962].

This first German edition of these stories preceded their initial publication in English.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Der Ausgestossene; translated into German by Elmar Tophoven, with eleven woodcuts by Roswitha Quadflieg. Hamburg: Raamin-Presse, 1976.

This copy is number 101 of an edition of 170 numbered copies signed by the artist. The texts prints a German translation of Beckett's story "L'Expulsé" with accompanying illustrations."

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
From an Abandoned Work. London: Faber and Faber, [1958]. First edition.

This radio play was first broadcast by the BBC on the Third Programme on 14 December 1957. The text was read by Beckett's friend, the Irish actor Patrick Magee and produced by Donald McWhinnie, who worked closely with Beckett over the years, especially with the radio productions of his plays.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
"From an Abandoned Work," in Evergreen Review 1 (1957).

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
D'un ouvrage abandonné; traduit de l'anglais par Ludovic et Agnès Janvier en collaboration avec l'auteur. Paris: Éditions de Minuit, [1967]. This is copy number 57 of an edition of 112 numbered copies.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
All that Fall: a Play for Radio. [London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1957].

Beckett's first radio play was produced by Donald McWhinnie for the BBC Third Programme, 13 January 1957, and was the BBC entry for the Italia Prize 1957, though it did not win the award. This spiral-bound mimeographed script was printed in conjunction with the BBC broadcast.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
All That Fall: A Play for Radio. London: Faber and Faber, [1957]. First trade edition.

Melva B. Guthrie Fund
All That Fall. New York: Grove Press, [1957].

First American edition. Number 66 of a specially bound, limited edition of 100 numbered copies.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Watt. [Paris]: Collection Merlin, The Olympia Press, [1953].

First edition. This copy is marked "Number 772" of an edition of 1100 numbered copies.
Beckett wrote the English-language novel Watt during World War II, but before it was published he had turned his attention to his French trilogy and other efforts in French, including En attendant Godot. During the early 1950s, the young group of Paris expatriates associated with the magazine Merlin developed an interest in the writing of Beckett and he allowed them to publish a number of his works, including, eventually, Watt. The novel was published under the joint imprint of Collection Merlion and the legendary publisher Maurice Girodias's Olympia Press.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Watt. Paris: The Olympia Press, 1958.

This second edition of Watt was published as part of the Travelling Companion Series.

Melva B. Guthrie Fund
Watt. New York: Grove Press, [1959]. First American edition.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold

Watt. New York: Grove Press, [1959]. First American edition.
This copy is Number 42 of a specially-bound limited edition of 100 copies.

Gift of Sir Joseph Gold


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