A Samuel Beckett story rejected by his publisher as "puzzling" and "a nightmare" will be made available for the first time this April.
Echo's Bones was originally intended to be the final story in Beckett's celebrated 1934 collection More Pricks Than Kicks but his then publisher turned it down because it feared it would alienate too many readers.
The 13,500-word story has since remained hidden in American archives but Faber & Faber will publish Echo's Bones on April 17, which will be a major event for fans of the Irish writer and author of Waiting for Godot.
Speaking to The Observer, Edward Beckett, the writer's nephew, said: "This is a very important text. It's good that it is available at long last."