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First English appearance of Breath with an introduction by John Calder and a reproduction of Beckett’s autograph manuscript, in Gambit: International Theatre Review, Vol. IV, No. 16 [1970?]. The cover includes a photograph of Beckett at a rehearsal for the Royal Court Theatre’s production of the unexpurgated Waiting for Godot.

John Calder’s introduction traces the history of Beckett’s involvement in Oh! Calcutta!: “The extreme brevity of this play without characters [Breath] is another step in the continual economy that has characterized Mr. Beckett’s work in recent years. . . . Here in thirty seconds the complete statement [of man’s tragedy] is made.”

 

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Uncorrected proof copy of Breath and Other Shorts (London: Faber and Faber, 1971). Inscribed by Beckett to John and Evelyn Kobler, April 1972.

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First English edition of Breath and Other Shorts (London: Faber and Faber, 1971). Inscribed by Beckett to John and Evelyn Kobler.

The collection includes Come and Go, Act Without Words I, Act Without Words II, From an Abandoned Work, and Breath.

 

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“Souffle. Intermède” in Les Cahiers du Chemin 12 (Paris: La Nouvelle Revue Française, 15 April 1971).

This is the first printing of Beckett’s translation into French of Breath.

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