Waiting For Godot. First UK Edition (1958)
Book ID: 63177
Waiting For Godot. London: Faber, 1956. First U.K. Edition. Pp, 94. Yellow cloth, title lettered in red along spine, in publisher’s pictorial dust jacket Off-setting to front and rear endpapers & mild spotting to a number of pages of the text; otherwise an excellent example.
First UK issue with the publisher’s advertisements for their James Joyce titles to rear flap of jacket. A revised and unexpurgated edition was published by Faber in 1965.
Beckett’s masterpiece was first composed and published in French and performed in 1953 at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris. It would later be translated into English by Beckett himself and published in New York by Grove Press in 1954. Beckett said of his 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 theater 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).