Happy Days

Samuel Beckett

Published as part of the 80th Anniversary of Faber as part of a landmark publishing project to publish edited and corrected texts of all of his works.

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Happy Days was written in 1960 and first produced in London at the Royal Court Theatre in November 1962.

WINNIE: [ . . .] Well anyway – this man Shower – or Cooker – no matter – and the woman – hand in hand – in the other hands bags – kind of big brown grips – standing there gaping at me […] – What’s she doing? he says – What’s the idea? he says – stuck up to her diddies in the bleeding ground – coarse fellow – What does it mean? he says – What’s it meant to mean? – and so on – lot more stuff like that – usual drivel – Do you hear me? He says – I do, she says, God help me – What do you mean, he says, God help you? (stops filing nails, raises head, gazes front.) And you, she says, what’s the idea of you, she says, what are you meant to mean?


Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906 and graduated from Trinity College. He settled in Paris in 1937, after travels in Germany and periods of residence in London and Dublin. He remained in France during the Second World War and was active in the French Resistance. From the spring of 1946 his plays, novels, short fiction, poetry and criticism…

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