03

Oct

2011

Waiting for Godot: 60 Years of Covers

 

One of the most performed plays in the world, Waiting for Godot was the work that launched Samuel Beckett to international fame – a status that would grapple with for the rest of his life. The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 2 (out this month) covers the period in which Beckett wrote Godot, discussed its sets and costumes, watched it first performed at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris, and oversaw the first of many translations and productions around the world. It also sees Beckett tie of what many claim to be his greatest work. “I went to Godot last night for the first time in a long time. Well played, but how I dislike that play now,” he wrote in 1953.

Since its publication in 1952, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot has been subject to many interpretations, both on stage and on paper. See how cover designers over the last half-century have taken on this modernist masterpiece.

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