Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 1954 American edition

Description

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.]
Published:
1954, New York, US
Publisher:  
Grove Press
Format:
Book / Photograph / Image
Creator:
Samuel Beckett, Uncredited photographer, Marshall Lee [designer]
Usage terms

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.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.129.d.6.

Full catalogue details

Related articles

‘Your Godot was our Godot’: Beckett’s global journeys

Article by:
Andrew Dickson
Themes:
20th-century theatre, Capturing and creating the modern, Power and conflict, European influence

Waiting for Godot has been performed in many languages and in many contexts: in prisons, in apartheid South Africa, in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and during the Siege of Sarajevo. Andrew Dickson examines the ways in which Samuel Beckett's play has resonated in different communities and political climates.

An introduction to Happy Days

Article by:
William McEvoy
Themes:
20th-century theatre, Capturing and creating the modern, European influence

The main character in Happy Days is a middle-aged woman inexplicably buried in a mound, first to her waist and then to her neck. William McEvoy discusses how Beckett uses this character and her predicament to explore a recurring interest in his work: the failings of bodies and language.

An introduction to Waiting for Godot

Article by:
Chris Power
Themes:
20th-century theatre, Capturing and creating the modern, European influence

Chris Power explores how Waiting for Godot resists straightforward interpretation, producing audiences as uncertain as its characters.

Related collection items

Related people

Related works

Waiting for Godot

Created by: Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot (1953) overview One of the most significant works of literature of the 20th century, Samuel ...