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Original signed, autograph manuscript of Eleuthéria, 1947, 203pp. in two notebooks, with revisions, deletions, and additions throughout, in blue ink and pencil. Both notebooks contain doodles and several pages of diagrams relating to the stage sets and the characters’ positions on stage. The first notebook contains Acte I, begun on 18 January 1947. The second notebook contains Actes II et III. The final page of the text gives the date of completion as 24 February 1947.

 

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Photocopy of the typed manuscript of “Eleuthéria. Pièce en 3 Actes,” 135pp., with substantive variants from the autograph manuscript.

Beckett’s March 1969 autograph note on the title page reads: “Written 1946? Never attempted English translation. This is photo of my original typescript presumably now with Grove Press or Editions de Minuit. No idea who has original MS. Never edition of any kind if I can help it.”