Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

email signup Blog Video Facebook Twitter Instagram
Poems in English

Manuscripts | Publications | Reviews


figure 2

Typed manuscript of “Poème” (“que ferais-je sans ce monde sans visages sans questions”), 1p., as it appeared in Transition Forty-Eight, No. 2, in 1948. It varies slightly from the poem collected later in Gedichte and subsequent editions of Beckett’s poetry.


figure 3

This carbon copy of the typed manuscript of Embers, 10pp., has a few revisions and annotations in Beckett’s hand and is inscribed by Beckett to Jake Schwartz.

Embers is a radio play that was written for Jack MacGowran and Patrick Magee and produced by Donald McWhinnie for the BBC Third Programme on 24 June 1959.

In a 21 July letter to Mary Manning Howe, Beckett wrote about having heard a recording of the broadcast. He thought MacGowran and Kathleen Michael had performed well but was, overall, dissatisfied with the play and blamed himself for its faults.



figure 4

This typed manuscript of Cendres, 14pp., the French translation of Embers, contains revisions and annotations, some in Beckett’s hand. It also contains an inscription from Beckett to Jake Schwartz.