Stirrings Still

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Stirrings Still is the final prose piece by Samuel Beckett, written 1986–89 to give his American publisher, Barney Rosset, something to publish. First published in a signed limited edition, it was later republished in the posthumous edition As The Story Was Told (1990). It was to be Beckett's final piece of prose.

The piece was published in its entirety in The Guardian on 3 March 1989. This edition also included a review of the limited edition by Frank Kermode, and a piece on the history of the work's publication by John Calder.

In 2004, members of Binghamton University's English Department founded a scholarly journal called Stirrings Still: The International Journal of Existential Literature, which was named after Beckett's piece.


  • Beckett, Samuel. Stirrings Still London: John Calder, 1999.