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For Sale: Samuel Beckett's Murphy Manuscripts

Six handwritten notebooks, containing draft of Murphy, to be sold at Sotheby’s in London
A scan from Samuel Beckett's Murphy manuscripts. Photograph: Sotheby’s/PA Wire
From Eoin Burke-Kennedy (The Irish Times) (thanks to Scott Eric Hamilton for drawing my attention to the article):
Six doodle-strewn notebooks, containing the handwritten draft of Samuel Beckett’s first published novel, Murphy, are to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London.

The Murphy draft provides a rare insight into the writer’s early artistic vision and is, arguably, the most significant Beckett manuscript to come under the hammer since the author’s death in 1989.

While scholars have known of its existence, very few have had a chance to view the text as it has been held in private hands until now. It is the star lot in Sotheby’s auction of rare books and manuscripts on July 10th next, and has a guide price of £800,000 - £1.2 million (€937,000 - €1.4 million). [Read More]

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