Manuscript notes by Samuel Beckett in an exercise book. Brown covers. 21x17 cm. 52 leaves, with one loose leaf inserted. Broad lined paper. Dated only once, 15 September 1950, at play fragment.
This notebook contains a wide variety of material, and seems to have been used over a lengthy period. The hand varies greatly, as does the colour of ink used; black ink dominates, but there is much work in blue, red and black ball-pen, with very brief fragments in pencil. The notes are accompanied throughout by extensive multi-coloured doodles.
Material includes: notes relating to the American painter Sam Francis, predominantly between f. 20 verso and f. 23; a section of notes on Mexican poets and Spanish vocabulary, including draft translations of two poems for Beckett's volume of Mexican poetry; abandoned dramatic material; a letter to Alexander Trocchi which is drafted and re-drafted several times. The loose leaf inserted into the back of the notebook carries two stanzas of a poem beginning 'Caught among eyelashes'.
It also contains the manuscript original of the typescript labelled by Beckett 'Avant Fin de partie' which consists of a dialogue between a character X, and his factotum, F. The manuscript corresponds closely to the typescript, but ends on p. 19 of the typescript, two pages before the end of the latter, just after F returns disguised as X's mother.
Occupying f. 20 verso to f. 23 is a draft entitled 'Sam Francis, animator of silence'. It develops and incorporates material drafted on f. 1 verso - f. 2 and f. 4 verso - f. 5. Written in black ink; first two lines in pencil.
Bryden, Mary, Julian Garforth and Peter Mills (1998), Beckett at Reading: Catalogue of the Beckett Manuscript Collection at the University of Reading (Reading: Whiteknights Press and the Beckett International Foundation), p. 195
Abbreviated in the Manuscript Chronology as FN1.