Tuesday 16 January 2018

Beckett's doodles to make oodles of cash at auction

Samuel Beckett
Samuel Beckett
Sotheby's undated handout photo of part of a set of Samuel Beckett jotters, regarded by literary experts as one of the 20th century's finest manuscripts
Sotheby's undated handout photo of part of a set of Samuel Beckett jotters, regarded by literary experts as one of the 20th century's finest manuscripts

Ed Carty

A set of Samuel Beckett jotters, regarded by literary experts as one of the 20th Century's finest manuscripts, is expected to sell for about £1m (€1.2m) at auction.

The six exercise books contain the text of the Irish writer's first novel 'Murphy', as well as notes, doodles and sketches of figures, including James Joyce and Charlie Chaplin.

Written in Dublin and London between August 1935 and June 1936 while Beckett (pictured) was undergoing psycho-analysis, the manuscripts will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London on July 12.

The auctioneers said the notebooks provided a unique insight into how the Nobel laureate's mind worked.

Sotheby's books specialist Peter Selley said: "This is unquestionably the most important manuscript of a complete novel by a modern British or Irish writer to appear at auction for many decades.

"The notebooks contain almost infinite riches for scholars interested in this most profound of modern writers, who captures the essence of modern man."

Irish Independent

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