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Samuel Beckett Papers (MSS008)

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Correspondence

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Visual Materials

Reading University Photocopies



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Samuel Beckett Papers (MSS008), 1946-1980 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Samuel Beckett Papers (MSS008), 1946-1980Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1946-1980

ID: MSS/MSS/008

Primary Creator: Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989)

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 08/03/1966

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection's strengths are in manuscripts of works Beckett wrote during the 1960's. Among the highlights are the set of 16 drafts for the story "Bing," as well as extensive groups of drafts for short pose pieces such as "Assez," "Le Depeupler," and "Imagination morte imaginez;" the heavily revised galley proof of the Olympia Press edition of the novel Watt; and the successive drafts for Play/Comedie. Also, the Beckett Papers contain the correspondence between the bookseller, Henry Wenning, and Beckett, which spans 1960-1971, some photographs and illustrations of Beckett, many of Beckett's notebooks, and photocopies of Beckett manuscripts from the University of Reading.

Collection Historical Note

Samuel Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre 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.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

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: Gift and purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 766, purchased from Henry Wenning, 1966: August 3

Accession number 767, purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd, 1966: August 3

Accession number 768, gift of Henry Wenning, 1966: August 4

Accession number 770 (1180), purchsed from Henry Wenning, 1966: August 11

Accession number 846, Henry Wenning, 1967: July

Accession number 854, Henry Wenning, 1967: August 30

Accession number 855, Henry Wenning, 1967: August 31

Accession number 1180, purchased from Mrs. Ethel Diamond, 1970: April 22

Accession number 1261, purchased from Mrs. Ethel Diamond, 1971: March 11

Accession number 1266, gift of Henry Wenning and Mrs. Ethel Diamond, 1971: March 19

Accession number 1268, gift of Samuel Beckett through Henry Wenning, 1971: March 26

Accession number 1281, gift of Henry Wenning, 1971: July 23

Accession number 1286, Henry Wenning, 1971: July 28

Accession number 1289, gift of Henry Wenning, 1971: July 28

Accession number 1612, gift of Ruby Cohn, 1981: March

Accession number 1626, Avigdor Arikha, 1984: September 1984

Accession number MSS2016-009, purchase from Brian Cassidy, 2016: April 18

Accession number MSS2016-016, purchase from Brian Cassidy, 2016: May 10

Accession number MSS2018-011, purchase from Peter Grogan, 2018: May 8

Related Materials: See also the Samuel Beckett Ephemera (VMF014), 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


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Notebooks],
[Series 4: Visual Materials],
[Series 5: Reading University Photocopies],
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Series 2: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 23: All that fall [radio play], 1957Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 28 pages. 1 item
Folder 24: Assez [story], 1965Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 30 pages. 5 items
Folder 25: Bing [story], 1966Add to your cart.
Typescript, 21 pages. 10 items
Folder 26: ... but the clouds [play], 1976Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 7 pages. 1 item
Folder 27: The calmative [story]Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 36 pages. 3 items
Folder 28: Cascando [radio play]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 17 pages. 2 items
Folder 29: Cascando [radio play]Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 23 pages. 3 items
Folder 30: Come and go [play]Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 18 pages. 4 items
Folder 31: Come and go [play]Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 4 pages. 1 item
Folder 32: Comedie [play]Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, typescript [carbon], tearsheets, 58 pages. 5 items
Folder 33: D'un ouvrage abandonne, 1966Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 18 pages. 2 items
Folder 34: Le depeupleur, 1965Add to your cart.
Typescript, 49 pages
Folder 35: Dis joe [television play], 1965Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, typescript [carbon], 15 pages. 3 items
Folder 36: Eh, joe. [television play], 1965Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, typescript [carbon], 48 pages. 7 items
Folder 37: Eh, joe [television play], 1965Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 6 pages. 1 item
Folder 38: Enough [story]Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 15 pages. 3 items
Folder 39: Film [screenplay], 1963Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 13 pages. 1 item
Folder 40: Film [screenplay], 1965Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 22 pages. 1 item
Folder 41: Film [screenplay], 1971Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, and typescript [carbon], 40 pages. 3 items
Folder 42: Footfalls [play], 1976Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 6 pages. 1 item
Folder 43: Imagination dead imagine [story], 1965Add to your cart.
Typescript, 4 pages. 2 items
Folder 44: Imagination morte imaginez [story]Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 13 pages. 6 items
Folder 45: Lessness [radio play], 1971Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 11 pages. 1 item
Folder 46: Lessness [radio play], 1971Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 24 pages. 1 item
Folder 47: Malone Dies [novel]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 160 pages. 2 items
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Molloy [novel], 1955Add to your cart.
Typescript, 10 pages. 1 item
Folder 49: Molloy [novel], 1955Add to your cart.
Typescript, 108 pages. 1 item. Part 1
Folder 50: Molloy [novel], 1955Add to your cart.
Typescript, 210 pages. 1 item
Folder 51: Molloy [novel]Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 16 pages. 2 items
Folder 52: No's knife [prose collection]Add to your cart.
Galley proofs, 28 items. Located in oversize
Folder 53: The north [prose], 1972Add to your cart.
Printer's proof of title page, 1 page. 1 item
Folder 54: Oh les beaux jours [play]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 57 pages. 2 items
Folder 55: Ohio impromptu [play], 1980Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 4 pages. 1 item
Folder 56: Paroles et musique [radio play], 1965Add to your cart.
Typescript, 16 pages. 2 items
Folder 57: A piece of monologue [dramatic monologue], 1980Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 3 pages
Folder 58: Ping [story], 1966Add to your cart.
Autograph and typescript, 10 pages. 3 items
Folder 59: Play [play], 1963Add to your cart.
Page proofs, 16 pages. 1 item
Folder 60: Play [play], 1963Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 125 pages. 10 items
Folder 61: Poems in English [collection of poems], 1961Add to your cart.
Page proofs, 3 pages
Folder 62: Rockaby [play], 1981Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 6 pages. 1 item
Folder 63: Rough for Radio [play], 1976Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 15 pages. 1 item
Folder 64: Still [prose text], 1972Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages. 1 item
Folder 65: Stories and texts for nothing [collection of short prose]Add to your cart.

Typescript and typescript [carbon], 63 pages. 4 items.

Includes the expelled, the calmative, the end, and text for nothing

Folder 66: Suite [story], 1946Add to your cart.
Page proofs, 7 pages
Folder 67: Texts for nothing [collection of short prose], 1963Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 71 pages. 2 items
Folder 68: That time [play], 1976Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 6 pages. 1 item
Folder 69: Tryst [television play], 1976Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 11 pages. 1 item
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 70: The unnamable [novel]Add to your cart.
Typescript, 144 pages
Folder 71: Va et Vient [play], 1965Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, and typescript [carbon], 13 pages. 3 items
Folder 72: Watt [novel]Add to your cart.
Galley proof, 86 pages. 1 item
Folder 73: Watt [novel]Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page. 1 item. Includes identifying note by Henry Wenning
Folder 74: Words and Music [radio play], 1961Add to your cart.
Autograph, typescript, and typescript [carbon], 27 pages. 3 items
Folder 75: Autograph noteAdd to your cart.
Notecard, autograph, written by Beckett, listing titles written in English (Words & Music, Eh Joe, Happy Days, Play, Come & Go) and titles written in French (Cascando, Assez, Imagination morte..., Bing). n.d. 5 titles in English, 4 titles in French. 1 p. Cut from notecard in Box 4 Folder 77.

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