Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989.
This 98 line poem, based on the life of Descartes, was Beckett's hastily-written, last-minute submission to Nancy Cunard's competition for the best poem written on the subject of time. Beckett won £10 and publication by the Hours Press for the winning submission. This was his first separate publication.
"300 copies ... printed, of which 100 copies are signed by the author ... No. 65."
Paper wrappers; sewn; cover title. Printed white slip folded around cover: "This poem was awarded the £ 10 prize . . ."
In a specially designed protective case
PR6003 E282 W5 1930 4o
Paris : Hours
PR6003 E284 C8 1934 4o: Negro Anthology Made by Nancy Cunard, 1931-1933
Friends on the Radical Fringe exhibit case
Nancy Cunard to Louise Morgan (1883-1964), [June 1930]: "We found a poem, a beauty, by a poet - so much so that it must be printed by itself. Irishman of 23, Ecole Normale here, that's all I know, but am seeing him tomorrow. Richard says many of the allusions are to Descartes[.] I shouldn't have known. Much in it none of us will ever know, and the whole thing so good it proves again the rest doesn't matter." -The Letters of Samuel Beckett: 1929-1940, p. 28
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Beckett, Samuel, “Whoroscope,” WUSTL Digital Gateway Image Collections & Exhibitions, accessed February 24, 2021, http://omeka.wustl.edu/omeka/items/show/14845.