11 October 2002
BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. A Tragicomedy in two Acts. New York: Grove Press, 1954. 8o. Original pictorial wrappers (heavily worn). PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY BECKETT on the title: "With love for Rick from Sam Sept. 1988."
Another copy. 8o. Original pictorial wrappers (heavily worn, spine reinforced with silver cloth tape). PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY BECKETT on the title: "for Rick with love from Sam London 1.3.1986."
[Waiting for Godot]. Program for the Berlin Production. Berlin: Schiller Theater, 1964-65. 8o. Printed wrappers; stapled as issued. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY BECKETT on the front wrapper: "For Rick & Teri with love from Sam Paris Oct. 1988."
Two later printings of Beckett's existential masterwork, wrapper issues, and a program from the original Berlin production of Godot, FROM THE LIBRARY OF BECKETT'S PROTéGé AND FOUNDER OF THE SAN QUENTIN DRAMA WORKSHOP, THE EX-CONVICT RICK CLUCHEY (born 1933). Cluchey used each of these copies of Godot as a prompt book during the Cluchey-Beckett productions. Cluchey has signed, dated, and elaborately annotated each copy in memory of this historic occasion: "Rick Cluchey, 1st prompt book, Berlin, 1975, Rick Cluchey Samuel Beckett San Quentin Drama Workshop, 1963, 1983 Godot Production Stage Book; and Rick Cluchey 2nd prompt book, London 1984." Cluchey and Beckett collaborated on various projects until Beckett's death in 1989. (3)
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