Beckett Digital Manuscript Project

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, a collaboration between the Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp), the Beckett International Foundation (University of Reading) and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin). The project is supported by the Estate of Samuel Beckett, and is published by the University Press of Antwerp.

The purpose of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is to reunite the manuscripts of Samuel Beckett’s works in a digital way, and to facilitate genetic research: the project brings together digital facsimiles of documents that are now preserved in different holding libraries, and adds transcriptions of Beckett’s manuscripts, tools for bilingual and genetic version comparison, and a search engine. The project also enhances the preservation of Beckett’s manuscripts. 

The BDMP consists of two parts:

  1. A digital archive of Samuel Beckett’s manuscripts, organized in research modules. Each of these modules comprises digital facsimiles and transcriptions of all the extant manuscripts pertaining to an individual text, or in the case of shorter texts, a group of texts. 
  2. A series of print volumes analyzing the genesis of the texts contained in the corresponding electronic environment.

The editorial schedule of the BDMP envisages the publication of one module per year, and will run to 2037. 

Published modules:

  1. Stirrings Still / Soubresauts and comment dire / what is the word (Digital & Print)
  2. L'Innommable / The Unnamable (Digital & Print)
  3. Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande (Digital; Print will follow shortly)

Forthcoming modules:

  • Molloy
  • Malone meurt / Malone Dies
  • En attendant Godot / Waiting for Godot
  • Fin de partie / Endgame
  • Radio Plays
  • Watt

The BDMP is a collaborative research project, undertaken by and for the scholarly Beckett community; we invite colleagues to participate and to comment on the project. The project relies on subscriptions (individual and institutional) by the community to ensure its continuation and successful completion.

Should you have any comments or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the project directors:

Note: the research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement n° 313609.