New digital instalment places pioneering work of fiction under the magnifying glass
The Making of Samuel Beckett’s L’Innomable / The Unnamable (BDMP2).

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project ( is pleased to announce the publication of the genetic edition of L’Innommable / The Unnamable, edited by Dirk Van Hulle and Shane Weller; technical realization: Vincent Neyt.

This new module reunites all the relevant manuscripts held at three different holding libraries: the Harry Ransom Center (Austin, Texas), the University of Reading and Washington University, St Louis. The genetic edition offers:

  • 950 digital facsimiles and their transcriptions;
  • all pre-publication versions of the text: the French manuscript, a partial manuscript in French, the manuscript of the English version and two English typescripts;
  • facsimiles of 350 doodles with description;
  • a search engine;
  • digital collation tools to compare the different versions at sentence level.

The accompanying print volume, The Making of Samuel Beckett’s L’Innommable / The Unnamable, will appear shortly, containing a bibliographic description of the manuscripts and an analysis of the work’s genesis.

Forthcoming modules of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project:

  • Krapp’s Last Tape / La dernière bande
  • Beckett’s Radio Plays
  • Molloy Malone meurt / Malone Dies
  • Watt

For more information on the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (BDMP), see

To subscribe to the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, see the ASP/University Press Antwerp website for: Individual accessInstitutional access.

Posted by:Rhys Tranter

Rhys Tranter is a writer based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is the author of Beckett's Late Stage (2018), and his work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Spectator, and a number of books and periodicals. He holds a BA, MA, and a PhD in English Literature. His website is a personal journal offering commentary and analysis across literature, film, music, and the arts.

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