En attendant Godot: First Edition!

I was looking through some of my books this week and found this one hiding behind some others:

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I opened it carefully and found this:

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A first edition! Published in 1952. I looked around the internet and found copies in worse shape than mine selling for $3000. One with Beckett’s signature is going for $20,000.

I read the page a little closer and wondered how a book from 1952 could include a note in the past tense saying the play was first performed in January 1953.

I turned to the last pages:

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A 1970 reprint.

The internet told me I could get another one for 25 euros.

I’ll be waiting, then, for a 1952 Godot.

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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