[Paris]: Les Editions de Minuit, .
134,  pp. 12mo. Presentation copy. Original printed wrappers, tiny speck on rear wrapper, else fine. With a black cloth box. Item #302285
A lovely association copy to a significant Beckett collaborator in the last years of his life. The presentation reads: "For Rick with love from Sam Sept 88".
Waiting for Godot was the play that secured Beckett's lasting fame. No matter that he'd been publishing since the 1920s or was Joyce's amanuensis. This play in which "nothing happens" set him on a course that led to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.
Rick Cluchey is a playwright, actor and director, who co-founded the San Quentin Drama Workshop in the mid-1950s at San Quentin State Prison while serving a life sentence for robbery and kidnapping. Cluchey and Beckett met in the 1970s (once Clucheys sentence had been commuted) and he toured Europe with his play The Cage.
Their relationship was especially productive in the last seven years of Beckett's life. Cluchey served as the assistant director on a production of Godot in Berlin and Beckett later directed him in productions of Krapp's Last Tape and Endgame. It comes as no small surprise that The San Quentin Drama Workshop became Beckett's American theatre of choice. Indeed, Cluchey wrote and performed the play "Rick and Sam" which was a testament to his relationship with Beckett.
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