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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Beckett manuscript sells for a million dollars

From the BBC

Samuel Beckett's manuscript of his first novel, Murphy, sold for £962,500 at a Sotheby's auction.

The University of Reading, which bought the item, is thrilled to add it to its collection of 500+ manuscripts and drafts.

This set of six school exercise books is more like a draft than a manuscript.  They are filled with stray thoughts, doodles, and sketches (including one of Charlie Chaplin), and eight different attempts at the first sentence.

Samuel Beckett, it seems would have loved a word processor.

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