The Making of Samuel Beckett's Molloy

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Dirk VAN HULLE, Edouard Magessa O'REILLY, Pim VERHULST

Van Hulle, D., O'Reilly, E.M. & Verhulst, P. (2017) The Making of Samuel Beckett's Molloy. Bloomsbury Publishing.


Originally published in French in 1951 and translated into English by the author himself four years later, Molloy is the first novel of Samuel Beckett's Trilogy, continued in Malone Dies and The Unnamable.  The Making of Samuel Beckett's 'Molloy' is a comprehensive reference guide to the history of the text. The book includes: 

  • A complete descriptive catalogue of available relevant manuscripts, including French and English texts, alternative drafts and notebook pages 
  • A critical reconstruction of the history of the history of the text, from its genesis through the process of composition to its full publication history 
  • A detailed guide to exploring the manuscripts online at the Beckett Digital Manuscripts Project at 

This volume is part of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (BDMP), a collaboration between the Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp, Belgium), the Beckett International Foundation (University of Reading, UK) and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre (University of Texas at Austin, USA), with the support of the Estate of Samuel Beckett.

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