Samuel Beckett
Digital Manuscript Project
L'Innommable / The Unnamable: Demo

Catalogue

Due to an agreement with the Estate of Samuel Beckett and the publishers of Beckett's work, the digital edition of L'Innommable / The Unnamable: Demo only contains draft versions leading up to the publication of the text (the so-called 'avant-texte'), including page proofs. It therefore excludes epigenetic material such as later annotated editions.

This demo of L'Innommable / The Unnamable only contains a few pages of a few documents.

MS HRC SB/3/10

"'L'Innommable'. Autograph manuscript, signed, begun 29 March 1949, completed at Ussy, January 1950, 284pp., folio. Written in ink and in pencil in two cloth-bound ledgers. With autograph deletions and emendations throughout. The flyleaf of Notebook I has an autograph note: 'This is the original MS / of L'Innommable / written 1949-50 and / published by the Editions / de Minuit May 1953. / Samuel Beckett / in 2 notebooks.' Two 4to sheets of autograph text and corrections are tipped in at the end. Autograph notes inside back cover."

Lake, Carlton, ed. (1984), No Symbols Where None Intended: A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts and Other Material Relating to Samuel Beckett in the Collections of the Humanities Research Center (Austin: Humanities Research Center), pp. 59-60, item 109

abbreviated in the Manuscript Chronology as FN1

MS HRC SB/5/9/1

"Written in blue and red inks in three notebooks. Each notebook has, in Beckett's hand, the title, number of the notebook, and the note, 'original manuscript of the author's translation'. The second notebook has the additional phrase (title?) 'Beyond words?' The last manuscript page of the third notebook bears the inscription: 'This is the original MS of my translation of L'Innommable / For my friend Jake Schwartz, / with my best wishes. / Samuel Beckett / March 1958.'"

Lake, Carlton, ed. (1984), No Symbols Where None Intended: A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts and Other Material Relating to Samuel Beckett in the Collections of the Humanities Research Center (Austin: Humanities Research Center), p. 62, item 112

abbreviated in the Manuscript Chronology as EN1

MS HRC SB/5/10

"Typed manuscript, completed June 1958, 150pp., 4to, half-morocco, raised bands, top edges gilt. Heavily revised, mostly in Beckett's hand. On page 1, Beckett has written: '1st revision up to p. 25.' The typescript includes carbon copies of the extracts sent to the Chicago Review and The Texas Quarterly, so designated in Beckett's hand (and one other)."

Lake, Carlton, ed. (1984), No Symbols Where None Intended: A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts and Other Material Relating to Samuel Beckett in the Collections of the Humanities Research Center (Austin: Humanities Research Center), p. 62, item 113

abbreviated in the Manuscript Chronology as ET1