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“L’Image” in X: A Quarterly Review, Vol. I, No. 1, November 1959. Signed by Beckett.

This excerpt from Comment c’est is an early, variant version taken from Part I and is the first appearance of the novel in any form. A corrected carbon of the typescript submitted to the review is included with Typescript II of Comment c’est and represents an intermediate stage between the first and second typescripts.


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“Découverte de Pim” in L’VII, No. 1, December 1959. Signed by Beckett.

This is an extract from Part II of Comment c’est derived from the first of the three typescript versions of the novel at the Ransom Center.


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First edition of Comment c’est (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1961). One of 198 numbered copies on Alfa Mousse Navarre. Inscribed by Beckett to Jake Schwartz, March 1961.

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First edition, regular issue of Comment c’est (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1961). Inscribed by the author to Jake and Anita Schwartz, January 1961.


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“From an Unabandoned Work” [an extract of How it Is] in Evergreen Review, Vol. IV, No. 14, September-October 1960.

This extract is from the opening pages of Beckett’s English translation of Comment c’est and was published before the original French edition. It shows a substantial number of variants from the complete work as eventually published by Grove Press.

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