Samuel Beckett, principally famous for his plays such as 'Waiting for Godot', 'Happy Days' and 'Endgame', was a prolific author who published in every genre, from poetry to radio. In 1957 'From an Abandoned Work' was broadcast on the B.B.C.'s Third Programme on December 14th, spoken by Patrick Magee, the Northern Irish actor. It is a 'stream of consciousness' based around a walk in the country, and is typically Beckettian in its sense of desperation and determined humour. A short work, it would be read in perhaps half an hour - but would stay with the reader for a very long time thereafter.
Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906–1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. He is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. His work, a bleak, tragicomic view of human existence, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour, became increasingly minimalist in later years. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". He was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation."
Our copy of the text is in excellent condition, its 22 pages contained in thin, somewhat edge-faded, card covers pasted to the outermost (blank) pages for added strength. The stitched binding is firm and all pages are clean and bright. There are a couple of small chips to the outer cover, and one tear of about 2 cm at the bottom back spine angle.