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Book Information: Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot (1952) [Play]
by Samuel Beckett Rating: Weighted - 7.5 / Average - 7.5 of 10 (25 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Samuel Beckett wrote in both French and English; Waiting for Godot was written originally in French in 1948/9, published in 1952, then translated by Beckett into English in 1954.

Beckett's first stage play portrays two tramps, trapped in an endless waiting for the arrival of a mysterious personage named Godot, while disputing the appointed place and hour of his coming. They amuse themselves with various bouts of repartee and word-play.

Original title: En Attendant Godot
Original languages: French

Quotes: 1 (show them)

Genre: Drama and PlaysExperimental & Absurd


  • Nathaniel Hawthorne apparently had a conception similar to that of this play. In one of his Notebooks, he writes: "A story, the principal personage of which shall seem always on the point of entering the scene; but shall never appear." As far as is known, though, Hawthorne never developed this idea.

Edition #1: Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot (1954)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • " of the most noble and moving plays of our generation, a threnody of hope deceived and deferred but never extinguished; a play suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity; with phrases that come like a sharp stab of beauty and pain." The London Times
  • "It is possible that consciously or unconsciously Beckett is restating the moral and sexual basis of Christianity which was lost with Christ...." Norman Mailer
  • "It is the quintessence of 'existentialism.'..." Eric Bentley
  • "Waiting for Godot... is a modern morality play, on permanent themes." G.S. Fraser
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Waiting for Godot (1990)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571058086

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Waiting for Godot (1956)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0394172043
Pages: 61

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