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“It is one thing to be informed by Shakespeare that life “is a tale told by an idiot signifying nothing”; it is something else to encounter the idea literally presented in a novel by Samuel Beckett. But I am reasonably certain that a sensitive reader who journeys through How It Is will leave the book convinced that Beckett says more that is relevant to experience in our time than Shakespeare does in Macbeth. It should come as no surprise if a decade or so hence How It Is is appraised as a masterpiece of modern literature. This poetic novel is Beckett at his height.” — Webster Schott

“A wonderful book, written in the sparest prose. . . . Beckett is one of the rare creative minds in our times.” — Alan Pryce-Jones

“What is novel is the absolute sureness of design. . . built phrase by phrase into a beautifully and tightly wrought structure — a few dozen expressions permuted with deliberate redundancy accumulate meaning even as they are emptied of it, and offer themselves as points of radiation in a strange web of utter illusion.” — Hugh Kenner

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Hardback Editions

December 1964 : UK Hardback
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Title: How it is
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
ISBN: 0-7145-0277-4 / 978-0-7145-0277-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: How It Is
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
ISBN: 0-571-24374-6 / 978-0-571-24374-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 1972 : UK Paperback
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Title: How it is (Calderbooks)
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
ISBN: 0-7145-0952-3 / 978-0-7145-0952-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd
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January 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: How It Is
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
ISBN: 0-8021-5066-7 / 978-0-8021-5066-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: How It Is
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Ukemi Audiobooks
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February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: How It Is
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Ukemi Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How It Is
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: How It Is (Beckett, Samuel)
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Grove Press
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