Samuel Beckett
Digital Manuscript Project

News & Updates

MLA awards Prize for Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project to the BDMP.

The MLA has announced the BDMP as this year's winner of the biannual Prize for a Bibliography, Archive, or Digital Project. We thank the members of the selection committee (Alexander Gil, Matthew Kirschenbaum and Lisa Marie Rhody) for their kind words about the project:

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is a stunning display of editorial and technical craft, combining sophisticated deployments of digital platform and apparatus with gorgeously produced and meticulously executed book-bound scholarship. The mission of the architects of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is ambitious: to create a single portal for Samuel Beckett's manuscripts located across multiple institutions. The codirectors, Mark Nixon and Dirk Van Hulle, and the editors, Pim Verhulst and E. Magessa O'Reilly, along with Vincent Neyt handling technical realization, succeed with rigor and elegance. The extensive and comprehensible documentation and the team's manifold approach to representation of marginalia and traces make the project an indispensable aid for research and pedagogy for years to come.

Click here to download a PDF of the full press release.
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Samuel Beckett: A Bibliography

We are honoured to announce the publication on this site of the first part of Breon Mitchell's Samuel Beckett: A Bibliography. Part I: The Early Years: 1929-1950.

New module: Fin de partie / Endgame

We are delighted to announce the publication of our seventh genetic edition: Fin de partie / Endgame. The accompanying monograph on its genesis is available in Belgium through University Press Antwerp, and internationally through Bloomsbury Academic.

New module: En attendant Godot / Waiting for Godot

We are delighted to announce the publication of our sixth genetic edition: En attendant Godot / Waiting for Godot. The accompanying monograph on its genesis is available in Belgium through University Press Antwerp, and internationally through Bloomsbury Academic.

New module: Malone meurt / Malone Dies

We are delighted to announce the publication of our fifth genetic edition: Malone meurt / Malone Dies. The accompanying monograph on its genesis is available in Belgium through University Press Antwerp, and internationally through Bloomsbury Academic.

New module: Molloy

We are delighted to announce the publication of our fourth module: Molloy. The accompanying monograph on its genesis is available in Belgium through University Press Antwerp, and internationally through Bloomsbury Academic.

New module: Beckett Digital Library

We are delighted to announce the publication of the Beckett Digital Library. The accompanying monograph Samuel Beckett's Library, written by Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon is available through Cambridge University Press.

New module: Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

We are delighted to announce the publication of our third module: Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande. The accompanying monograph on its genesis is available in Belgium through University Press Antwerp, and internationally through Bloomsbury Academic.

Update: collation feature now containing deletions and additions.

Our automatic collation feature, as embedded in the L'Innommable / The Unnamable module and all future modules, now collates not just the uncancelled text of a version but the entire version, deletions included.

Deletions, additions and open variants are represented in the alignment table in the same way as they are in the transcriptions. Here is an example sentence:

Deleted words can now be aligned with occurrences of those words in other versions and in this way the collation gives a much more refined overview of the genesis of a sentence.

We would like to express our gratitude to Ronald Dekker, lead developer of CollateX, for pointing out the pre-tokenized input format supported by CollateX that made this possible.

New module: L'Innommable / The Unnamable

We are delighted to announce the publication of our second module: L'Innommable / The Unnamable.

Launch

Welcome to the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (www.beckettarchive.org). We are very pleased to present you with the first module: Stirrings Still / Comment dire, launched on 24 June 2011 in York, during the conference 'Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive'.

On this page, we will post news about new features, bug fixes and other big updates. If you would like to contact us, you can send us an email: Dirk Van Hulle or Mark Nixon.