Disjecta (Beckett essay)  

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Disjecta: Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment is a collection of previously uncollected writings by Samuel Beckett, spanning his entire career. The title is derived from the latin phrase "disjecta membra," meaning scattered remains or fragments, usually applied to written work. The collection includes Beckett's famous essay on an early version of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake which originally appeared in Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress. Some of the essays appear in their original languages.



  • Forward by Ruby Cohn

Part I: Essays at Esthetics

Part II: Words about Writers

  • Self
    • The Possessed
    • On Murphy (to McGreevy)
    • On Murphy (to Reavy)
    • On Works to 1951
    • On Endgame
    • On Play
    • On Murphy (to Sighle Kennedy)
    • Program note for Endgame

Part III: Words about Painters

Part IV: Human Wishes

A fragment from an early historical play.

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