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Final and Posthumous Works

Manuscripts | Publications

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“Deux Poèmes,” in Minuit, No. 33, March 1979.

This is the first publication of these two poems, “le nain nonagénaire” and “à bout de songes un bouquin.”


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First printing of “neither,” in Journal of Beckett Studies, No. 4, Spring 1979, illustrated with a photograph from Beckett’s production of Happy Days, with Billie Whitelaw, at the Royal Court Theatre, 1979, and marginally mutilated by a printer’s error.

Beckett wrote “neither” in September 1976 to be set to music by Morton Feldman. It was first performed at the Rome Opera in June 1977.


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First printing of “A Piece of Monologue,” in The Kenyon Review, Vol. I, No. 3, New Series, Summer 1979.


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First edition of Rockaby and Other Short Pieces (New York: Grove Press, 1981), containing Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, All Strange Away, and A Piece of Monologue.

A Piece of Monologue was written for David Warrilow (of the Mabou Mines Company) and was first performed by him in New York in 1979. Rockaby, written for a seminar at Ohio State University in 1981, was played by David Warrilow and Rand Mitchell and directed by Alan Schneider.

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First English edition of Three Occasional Pieces (London: Faber and Faber, 1982). Front cover illustrated with a photograph of Beckett by Christina Burton.

This edition has the same contents as Rockaby and Other Short Pieces, except for All Strange Away.

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