Waiting For Godot. First Edition in English (1954)
Book ID: 63397
Waiting For Godot. A Tragicomedy in Two Acts. Translated from the original French by the Author. New York: Grove Press, 1954. First Edition. Pp, 61. Black cloth boards, title blind embossed along front and back covers, silver title on spine. Publisher’s pictorial dust jacket printed in black & white. Light age-toning to jacket, otherwise a fine bright copy of the first edition in English. Housed in collector’s solander box.
Four pages of photographs depicting Beckett and the characters of the play. Short biography of the author at the end.
Beckett’s masterpiece was first composed and published in French (1952) and performed in 1953 at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris. It would later be translated into English by Beckett and first published in this edition by the Grove Press in New York..
Beckett said of his most famous play: ‘I began to write Godot as a relaxation, to get away from the awful prose I was writing at the time.’ Godot established Beckett as ‘the most original and significant dramatist of our time. Whatever it is ‘about’ [it] has recast the face of theatre in our time.. immediately and simultaneously a succes de scandale and a piece a succes, it ran on in France, then moved through Germany and Italy, England, the United States — the world — to cheer, trouble, and awe hearts and minds as few other plays of modern times (from among those not designed for popular consumption) have done’ (Lake p. 65).