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Samuel Beckett: A Celebration

Waiting for Godot

En attendant Godot: pièce en deux actes. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1952.
This is a copy of the scarce first edition of one of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century.
Gift of the University of Delaware Library Associates.
En attendant Godot: pièce en deux actes. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, [1956.]
Third edition. This edition of the play includes photographs from the 1953 Berlin production which featured the original Paris cast performing the play in French.
Waiting for Godot: a Tragicomedy in Two acts. London: Faber and Faber, [1956].
First English edition.

When the first London performance of Waiting for Godot, in Beckett's own translation, was proposed, the production immediately ran into censorship problems. Following a private performance of the unexpurgated text at the Arts Theatre Club, planning for the first public performance of Waiting for Godot commenced. Prior to its opening, the Lord Chamberlain forced Beckett to excise specific words and passages or to change them to make them less "objectionable." The text printed here is the one used in the bowdlerized London production.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Waiting for Godot. New York: Grove Press, [1954].
First American edition of the play.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Warten auf Godot. [Berlin]: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1953; translated from the original French by Elmar Tophoven.

First German edition. Beckett's ties to Germany were always close. He lived in Germany for a number of years and was quite fluent in German. In addition, German authors, critics, and theater-goers were supportive of his work and numerous German productions, including several directed by Beckett, occurred over the years.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold
Godo rul kidarimyo. Soul T'ukpyolsi : Sechong ch'ulp'an hoesa, 1972.

This Korean edition of En attendant Godot was published, as were numerous translations of the play into other languages, following Beckett's award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.
Gift of Sir Joseph Gold

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