Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 1954 American edition


This is the first English edition of Waiting for Godot, translated by Samuel Beckett from the original French and published by New York’s Grove Press in 1954. With a black hardback binding, red end paper, floating typography and black and white photographs of a German production, its design is bold and striking. The play’s subtitle, A tragicomedy in two acts, appears only in the English edition.

Publication in the UK

Godot’s publication in the UK was fraught with issues. The first British edition, published by Faber in 1956, reproduced the censored script that was used for the Criterion Theatre production of 1955 and which so frustrated Beckett. In 1965 Faber issued a revised and unexpurgated edition, restoring Beckett’s text to its original form.

Full title:
[En attendant Godot.] Waiting for Godot. Tragicomedy, etc. (Translated from his original French text by the author.) [With illustrations, including a portrait.]
1954, New York, US
Grove Press
Book / Photograph / Image
Samuel Beckett, Uncredited photographer, Marshall Lee [designer]
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Samuel Beckett: © The Estate of Samuel Beckett. The above selected images reproduced by kind permission of the Estate of Samuel Beckett c/o Rosica Colin Limited, London.

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