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The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Vol I of the four-volume series reproducing Beckett’s theatrical notebooks in facsimile – now in affordable paperback edition

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Waiting for Godot joins Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape and the Shorter Plays in this highly praised series of Beckett’s notebooks, which show for the first time the extensive revisions made by Beckett during revivals of the play.

This volume is in part a facsimile, with transcription and commentary, of the notebook kept by Beckett for Berlin’s Schiller-Theater production in 1975. It contains a full set of directorial notes, and discloses, section by section, a total system that works by repetition and analogy, musical rhythm and echo, establishing subtle patterns of sound, movement and gestures.


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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