Samuel Beckett ‘How It Is’ read by Patrick Magee

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Samuel Beckett ‘How It Is’, page 114
read by Patrick Magee

Duration: 5:05
One-sided 7” single released by J&B Recordings (possibly 1972)

Patrick Magee (1922-1982) recorded several Beckett plays for the BBC in 1957, but this excerpt isn’t included in the 4-CD set of the complete series. I guess this was rather recorded at the time of the Krapp’s Last Tape BBC sessions, 1972, a play Beckett wrote specifically for him and his voice. This single was possibly a gift from Beckett’s publisher John Calder to his readers. During a public reading from ‘How It Is’, possibly during radio show, Magee transforms the chosen page into a study in panting, a race against his own breath.


10 Responses to “Samuel Beckett ‘How It Is’ read by Patrick Magee”

  1. 1 Lucky September 11, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Lucky: [raising eyebrows, taking a deep breath, smiling, waving thankfully]

  2. 2 continuo September 11, 2009 at 9:34 am

    This one’s for you, of course.

  3. 4 continuo September 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    You’re welcome.

  4. 5 ng September 21, 2009 at 10:34 am

    performance d’attore stupenda.

    L’ho inserita qui

    [insisto nel considerare questo blog una perla nel caos della rete]

  5. 6 continuo September 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Grazie mille.

  6. 7 AP July 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Interesting website: I was hoping to hear the Patrick Magee recording of How It Is which I had briefly overheard years ago and never forgotten, but the program wouldn’t load. On going to UbuWeb, found the recording was no longer present. Is there any way of getting to hear this again.
    Best wishes

  7. 8 continuo July 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    The download link above works fine, thank you. As far as I know, this kind of download platform is usually operative from Europe and North America.
    You’re right regarding the Ubuweb file: it’s down for some reason.

  8. 9 Pouria Nakisa June 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Realy thanks a lot. I search complete audiobook of “How it is”

  9. 10 continuo June 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’m not aware of a complete audiobook of How It Is. It would be listed in this extensive Beckett resource page.

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