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The Shorter Plays

With Revised Texts for Footfalls, Come And Go, And What Where
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Shorter Plays follows Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Krapp's Last Tape in this highly praised series of Beckett's notebooks, which show for the first time the extensive revisions made by Beckett during revivals of his plays. From the mid-1960s, Samuel Beckett himself directed all his major plays in Berlin, Paris or London. For most of these productions he meticulously prepared notebooks for his personal use.

The Theatrical Notebooks of Beckett that are reproduced in facsimile here offer a remarkable record of his own involvement with the staging of his texts. They present his solutions to practical problems of staging but also provide a unique insight into his way of envisaging his own plays.

With additional information taken from Beckett's own annotated and corrected copies, S.E. Gontarski has also been able to constitute a revised text for each of the plays. This new text contains Beckett's many changes, corrections, additions and cuts.

This volume includes the complete and definitive texts for such plays as Embers, Cascando, Play, Eh Joe, Not I, and Footfalls, as well as his mimes, radio and television plays.

The other volumes in this series are Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape, and Waiting for Godot.


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Hardback Editions

September 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Shorter Plays, Volume 4: The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett
Author(s): Samuel Beckett
ISBN: 0-8021-1654-X / 978-0-8021-1654-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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