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Samuel Beckett Ephemera


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Endgame, Cherry Lane Theatre

Endgame, Manhattan Theatre Club

Happy Days, Royal Court London, Madeleine Renaud

Happy Days, Newman Theater

Krapp's Last Tape, Provincetown Playhouse (Henderson Forsythe as Krapp)

Krapp's Last Tape, Provincetown Playhouse (Donald Davis as Krapp)

Play/That Time/Footfalls, Manhattan Theatre Club

Waiting for Godot, John Golden Theatre

Waiting for Godot, Los Angeles Actors' Theatre

Waiting for Godot, Royal Court Theatre, London poster

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Samuel Beckett Ephemera, 1956-1980 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Samuel Beckett Ephemera, 1956-1980Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1956-1980

ID: MS/VMF/vmf014

Primary Creator: Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989)

Extent: 10.0 Items

Date Acquired: 10/01/1986

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Nine playbills and one poster relating to productions of Samuel Beckett's plays

Collection Historical Note

Samuel Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theater director, and poet, who lived in France for the most of his adult life. Writing in English and French, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humor. His best-known play, Waiting for Godot (1953) is a comic study of philosophical uncertainty, and, like much of his work, focuses on the absurdity of human existence. Beckett graduated from Dublin's Trinity College in 1927 and settled in Paris, where he worked with James Joyce and published short stories and the novel Murphy (1938). During World War II, he joined the French Resistance and was eventually forced to leave Paris, but after the war he returned and wrote most of his important works, including the prose trilogy Molloy (1951), Malone Dies (Malone Meurt, 1951) and The Unnamable (L'Innommable, 1953), and the play Endgame (Fin de Partie, 1957). Never exactly mainstream, Beckett is nonetheless considered one of the most important European writers of the 20th century for his influence on modern literature and for his ability to impress, shock and confound.

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Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchased from Front Row Center

Acquisition Method: Accession number 22954

Related Materials: See also the Samuel Beckett Papers (MSS008), the Samuel Beckett Posters (VMF233), and the Lord John Press Collection (MSS155).

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed January 2013 by Sarah Schnuriger

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[Item 1: Endgame, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1959],
[Item 2: Endgame, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1980: January],
[Item 3: Happy Days, Royal Court London, Madeleine Renaud, 1969: September],
[Item 4: Happy Days, Newman Theater, 1979: June],
[Item 5: Krapp's Last Tape, Provincetown Playhouse (Henderson Forsythe as Krapp), 1960],
[Item 6: Krapp's Last Tape, Provincetown Playhouse (Donald Davis as Krapp), 1960],
[Item 7: Play/That Time/Footfalls, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1977: December 14],
[Item 8: Waiting for Godot, John Golden Theatre, 1956: April 23],
[Item 9: Waiting for Godot, Los Angeles Actors' Theatre, 1976: December 17],
[Item 10: Waiting for Godot, Royal Court Theatre, London poster],

Item 5: Krapp's Last Tape, Provincetown Playhouse (Henderson Forsythe as Krapp), 1960Add to your cart.

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