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Krapp's Last Tape

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“La Dernière bande (Krapp’s Last Tape)” in Les Lettres Nouvelles, 7e année, Nouvelle Série, No. 1, 4 March 1959. Inscribed by Beckett to Jake Schwartz, 1961.

La Dernière bande was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre Récamier, along with Robert Pinget’s La Manivelle, the text of which Beckett has translated as The Old Tune.


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First edition of Krapp’s Last Tape in French entitled La Dernière bande suivi de Cendres, translated from the English by Beckett and Pierre Leyris. The half-title contains an inscription for Jake Schwartz, dated “Paris 1960.”

Laid in is a printed card explaining that the second play, Cendres, is “une pièce radiophonique.”


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La Dernière bande (with Robert Pinget’s Lettre Morte), illustrated with photographs of the two productions by Agnès Varda (Paris: Les Editions de Minuit, 1960). Signed by Beckett.

This edition is one of a series “Collection du Répertoire”—plays produced by Jean Vilar for the Théâtre National Populaire. The TNP created La Dernière bande at the Théâtre Récamier, with R.-J. Chauffard in the role of Krapp, directed by Roger Blin, on 22 March 1960.

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