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Samuel Beckett Papers (MSS008)

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Correspondence

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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


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Notebooks],
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Series 4: Visual MaterialsAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Beckett by a pondAdd to your cart.
1 item, black and white print
Item 2: Beckett by a boatAdd to your cart.
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Item 3: Madeleine Renaud as Winnie in Oh les beaux joursAdd to your cart.
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Item 4: Beckett on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 5: Beckett and Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 6: Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 7: Marin Karmitz on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 8: Delphine Seyrig on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
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Item 9: Delphine Seyrig and Eléonore Hirt on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
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Item 10: Beckett, Michael Lonsdale, and Marin Karmitz on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 11: Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 12: Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 13: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, and Eléonore Hirt on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 14: Delphine Seyrig on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 15: Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 16: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, and Eléonore Hirt on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 17: Delphine Seyrig and Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 18: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, and Eléonore Hirt on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 19: Michael Lonsdale on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie directed by Marin Karmitz. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 20: Eléonore Hirt on the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 21: On the film set of the 1966 adaption of Comedie. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 22: Roger Blin in the 1957 original production of Endgame at the Royal Theater. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 23: Roger Blin in the 1957 original production of Endgame at the Royal Theater. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 24: Roger Blin in the 1957 original production of Endgame at the Royal Theater. Photograph by Rosine NusimoviciAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 25: Beckett head shot by Rosine Nusimovici, circa 1960sAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 26: Beckett profile shot by Rosine Nusimovici, circa 1960sAdd to your cart.
1 item, 9.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 27: Beckett, Yer man is apparently pictured at the vernissage for a Bram van Velde exhibition in Paris. On verso: Mention Obligatoire. Gallery Lelong. Photograph by Michel Nguyen, circa 1980sAdd to your cart.
1 item, 5.5" x 7" black and white print
Item 28: Samuel Beckett Profile Without Glasses, etching by Avigdor Arikha, 1970Add to your cart.
Trial proof of line-etching. 9 3/8" x 7". Located in oversize
Item 29: Samuel Beckett Seated Half Length Holding a Glass of Vine [sic], etching by Avigdor Arikha, 1970Add to your cart.
Aquatint and line-etching, edition of 50. 9 3/8" x 7". Located in oversize

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