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Ruby Cohn Papers (MSS028)

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Correspondence

Scholarly Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Concerning Samuel Beckett Written by Cohn

Critical Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Written on Subjects Other Than Samuel Beckett

Miscellaneous Publications and Papers



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Collection Overview

Title: Ruby Cohn Papers (MSS028), 1960-1994Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1960-1994

ID: MSS/MSS/028

Primary Creator: Cohn, Ruby

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 03/00/1981

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ruby Cohn Papers consists largely of manuscripts toward published and unpublished essays and lectures on Samuel Beckett. In addition, the collection includes correspondence and manuscripts toward published and unpublished essay and lectures on modern theater and analyses of playwrights.

Collection Historical Note

Ruby Burman Cohn (August 13, 1922 – October 18, 2011) was a theater scholar and a leading authority on playwright Samuel Beckett. Born in 1922 in Columbus, Ohio, Cohn moved with her family to New York City, where she completed high school and graduated from Hunter College. During World War II she joined the Waves, a Navy division for women, and served as a document courier. After the war she returned to Europe and competed a doctoral degree at the University of Paris. In January 1953 while a student at the Sorbonne she attended the first public performance of En Attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot), by a then obscure Irish-born dramatist, Samuel Beckett. The play and its author became the focus of the rest of her academic life. She earned a second doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis with a dissertation on Beckett which became her first book, Samuel Beckett: The Comic Gamut (1962).

Cohn wrote or edited several other books about Beckett, including Casebook on ‘Waiting for Godot’ (1967), Back to Beckett (1974), Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Criticism (1975), Just Play: Beckett’s Theater (1980) and Disjecta: Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment (1984), an oeuvre that established an academic reputation not just for her deep expertise but also for her lucid, unpretentious prose.

In addition to her volumes on Beckett, Cohn wrote other books about modern American and British theater and analyses of playwrights, including artistic descendants of Beckett like Edward Albee, Harold Pinter and Caryl Churchill.

Cohn joined the Language Arts faculty of San Francisco State University in 1961 and taught until her resignation during the student strike of 1968. She joined the theater faculty of the California Institute of the Arts in 1969, and moved to the University of California, Davis in 1972. Through her scholarship she became friends with Beckett, exchanging letters and visiting each other at least annually until his death in 1989.

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 of Ruby Cohn

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 1612, March 1981

Accession number 23901, June 1, 2006

Accession number 23902, April 1, 2007

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


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Scholarly Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Concerning Samuel Beckett Written by Cohn],
[Series 3: Critical Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Written on Subjects Other Than Samuel Beckett],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Publications and Papers],
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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Includes letters written by Cohn, and to Cohn, and includes recommendations and reviews written by Cohn.
Sub-Series 1.1: Correspondence by CohnAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Abbot, Porter, 1977-1994Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 2: Acheson, Jim, 1976-1982Add to your cart.
12 items
Item 3: Professor Admussen, 1975Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 4: Bair, Deirdre, 1972Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 5: Bangs, Nora, 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 6: Barge, Laura, 1981-1986Add to your cart.
3 items
Item 7: Bishop, Thomas, 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 8: Bowen, Zack, 1983Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 9: Boyle, Father Robert, S.J., 1980Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 10: Bradford, Meriel, 1974Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 11: "Breon", 1975-1977Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 12: Calder, John, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 13: Donaldson, Ian, 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 14: "Douglas", 1977Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 15: Elkin, Saul, 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 16: "Elliott", 1975Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 17: "Enoch", 1977Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 18: Miss Farley, 1971Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 19: Fortier, Paul A., 1976Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 20: Mr. Fitchen, 1969Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 21: Frechtman, Bernard, 1962Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 22: Frost, William, 1977Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 23: Gontarski, Stan, 1978-1985Add to your cart.
9 items
Item 24: Hall, Holly, 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 25: Homan, Sidney, 1982Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 26: Israel, Calvin, 1979Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 27: "Jerry", 1973Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 28: Jordan, Robert M., 1978Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 29: Ms. Kipschitz, 1975Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 30: Laughlin, Karen L., 1982Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 31: Mahaffy, Sarah, 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 32: Majeski, Jane, 1980Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 33: "Marty", 1975Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 34: Mays, James C.C., 1986Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 35: "Oscar", 1978Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 36: "Otto", 1978Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 37: Reck, Rima, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Item 38: Richards, Colin, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Item 39: Roth, Michael S., 1981Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 40: "Rubin", 1974Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 41: Segre, Elizabeth, 1975Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 42: Sellstrom, A. Donald, 1977Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 43: Sherzer, Dina, 1980Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 44: Silver, Janet, 1982Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 45: Smith, H.E. Wesley, 1977Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 46: Winandy, Andre, 1976Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 47: "Xerxes", 1991Add to your cart.
1 item
Sub-Series 1.2: Correspondence to CohnAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Abbott, H. Porter, 1994Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 2: Acheson, Jim, 1986Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 3: Curley, Daniel, 1960-1962Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 4: Fehsenfeld, Martha, 1989Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 5: Frechtman, Brian, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
4 items
Item 6: Iser, Wolfgang, 1966Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 7: Labeille, Daniel C., 1991Add to your cart.
2 items
Item 8: Rabinovitz, Rubin, 1974Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 9: Ricks, Christopher, 1978Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 10: Schmidt, Judith, 1960Add to your cart.
4 items
Item 11: Segre, Elizabeth, 1975Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 12: Sroka, Elliott, 1975Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 13: Taylor, Thomas J., 1978Add to your cart.
3 items
Item 14: van Norden, Linda, 1961Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 15: Winandy, Andre, 1976Add to your cart.
1 item
Sub-Series 3: Recommendations and reviews by CohnAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Beausang, Michael, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Item 2: Cohn, Ruby, 1962Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 3: Fehsenfeld, Martha and Lois Overbeck, 1989Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 4: Gontarski, Stan, 1982Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 5: Murphy, Peter John, 1985Add to your cart.
1 item
Item 6: Segre, Elizabeth B., No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Item 7: Mr. Soloman, No dateAdd to your cart.
1 item
Series 2: Scholarly Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Concerning Samuel Beckett Written by CohnAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.1: Scholarly Essays Concerning Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Anablin"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 19 pages
Item 2: "Animateurs de Beckett", 1986Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 11 pages. Published in Revue d'Esthetique as "Animateurs de Beckett: Roger Blin, Alan Schneider," 189-194.
Item 3: "Beckett's Recent Residua", 1969Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 12 pages. Published in The Southern Review, Volume 5, 1045-1054.
Item 4: "The Beginning of Endgame", 1966Add to your cart.
Typescript, 9 pages. Published in Modern Drama, Volume 9, 319-323
Item 5: "Confrontation: Chapter 4", 1973Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 28 pages. Published in Cohn's Back to Beckett
Item 6: "La Femme Fatale Chez Beckett", 1981Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 9 pages. Published in Cahiers Renaud-Barrault, Volume 102, 93-107
Item 7: "Le Femme Fatale Chez Beckett", 1981Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy] of published article, 8 pages. Published in Cahies Renaud-Barrault, Volume 102, 93-107
Item 8: "The Femme Fatale in Beckett's Plays", 1990Add to your cart.
Typescript with typescript [carbon] attached. 2 copies, 8 pages each. Published in Women in Beckett: Perforamce and Critcal Perspectives, Ben-Zvi, Linda, ed., as "The Femme Fatale on Beckett's Stage."
Item 9: "The Femme Fatale in Beckett's Plays"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 13 pages. Published in Women in Beckett: Perforamce and Critcal Perspectives, Ben-Zvi, Linda, ed., as "The Femme Fatale on Beckett's Stage."
Item 10: Notes on "Games"Add to your cart.
Autograph, 1 page. Typescript with autograph corrections, 1 page
Item 11: "Godot On and Off Stage"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 17 pages
Item 12: "Grace Notes on Beckett's Environments"Add to your cart.
Typescript with manuscript corrections, 11 pages
Item 13: "Growing (Up?) with Godot"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with autograph corrections, 17 pages
Item 14: "Growning (Up?) with Godot"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 17 pages with typscript and autograph corrections attached, 1 page
Item 15: "The Growth of Symbol in Beckett's Plays"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 12 pages
Item 16: "Joyce and Beckett, Irish Cosmopolitans"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections. Two drafts, 8 pages each. Published first in Proceeding of the IVth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, 2 volume. Jost, Francois, editor, 1966. Published in Joyce Quarterly, volume 8, 1971
Item 17: "The Laughter of Sad Sam Beckett"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 1 page
Item 18: "A Note on Beckett, Dante, and Geulinox"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages. Upper left corner of page 3 torn off
Item 19: "A Pedantic Postscript"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 12 pages
Item 20: Untitled typescript with autograph correctionsAdd to your cart.
10 pages. Actually a first draft of "Play Within the Play in Beckett and Genet." Typescript following, no date.
Item 21: "Play Within the Play in Beckett and Genet", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 10 pages.
Item 22: "The Plays of Yeats Through Beckett-Colored Glasses"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 7 pages. Published in Threshold (Ireland), Autumn, 1965.
Item 23: "Samuel Beckett"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 6 pages.
Item 24: "Stages of Godot"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 17 pages
Item 25: "Words While Waiting"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 10 pages
Sub-Series 2.2: Lecture on BeckettAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Beckett and Mother's Day"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 7 pages with 2 autograph notes
Series 3: Critical Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Written on Subjects Other Than Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3.1: Critical Essays On Subjects Other Than BeckettAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Albee's Box and Ours"Add to your cart.
Typescript and autograph corrections, 10 pages. Published in Modern Drama, Volume 14, no date.
Item 2: "Berenger, Protagonist of an Anti-Playwright"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 9 pages. Published in Modern Drama, Volume 8, 1965.
Item 3: "Black Power on Stage"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 8 pages. Published in Yale French Studies, Autumn 1971.
Item 4: "Four Stages of Absurdist Hero"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 19 pages. Published in Drama Survey, Volume 4, 1965.
Item 5: "Harold Pinter, Playwright in an Old English Tradition"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 8 pages. Serr perhaps, "Latter Day Pinter," Drama Survey, Volume 3, 1964.
Item 6: "Marat/Sade: An Education in Theater"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 13 pages. Published in Education Theater Journal, Volume 19, 1967
Item 7: "Obit For Absurdist Drama"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 17 pages. No date
Item 8: "Theatrum Mundi in Today's Theater"Add to your cart.
Typescript and manuscript corrections, 11 pages. Draft of "Theatrum Mundi and Comtemporary Theater."
Item 9: "Theatrum Mundi in Contemporary Theater"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 11 pages. Published in Comparative Drama, Volume 1, 1967
Item 10: "Valorizing By Verse"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 7 pages. Published in New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 1993
Sub-Series 3.2: Lectures On Subjects Other Than BeckettAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Broadway Bound or Hanging Loose: An American Drama of the Last Two Decades", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript with autograph correction, 18 pages
Item 2: "MLA Talk", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 8 pages
Item 3: "Post-Modern American Drama", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 16 pages. Labeled "MLA talk" by Cohn
Item 4: "A Synthesis of Brecht and the Absurd", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 8 pages
Item 5: "Theater of the Absurd", No dateAdd to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 17 pages
Sub-Series 3.3: Containing Short Essays On Dramatic Terms Included in the Cambridge Guide to Theatre Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Burlesque"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 2: "Comedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 4 pages
Item 3: "Comedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with autograph corrections, 4 pages
Item 4: "Comedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 4 pages
Item 5: "Comedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 6: "Epic Theatre"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 7: "Epic Theatre"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with autograph corrections, 2 pages
Item 8: "Expressionism"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 9: "Expressionism"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 10: "Farce"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 2 pages
Item 11: "Farce"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 2 pages
Item 12: "Farce"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages
Item 13: "Melodrama"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon] with autograph corrections, 3 pages
Item 14: "Melodrama"Add to your cart.
Item 15: "Naturalism"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages
Item 16: "Parody"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 17: "Realism"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 2 pages
Item 18: "Satire"Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 1 page
Item 19: "Surrealism"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 20: "Surrealism"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 21: "Symbolism"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 22: "Symbolism"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 23: "Theatre of the Absurd"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 1 page
Item 24: "Tragedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript with autograph corrections, 5 pages
Item 25: "Tragedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 5 pages
Item 26: "Tragicomedy"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 4 pages
Item 27: "Well-Made Play"Add to your cart.
Typescript, 4 pages with typscript [carbon], 4 pages
Series 4: Miscellaneous Publications and PapersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.1: Publications by Cohn in Original and Copied FormAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Beckett's Theater Resonance"Add to your cart.
Found in Samuel Beckett: Humanistic Perspectives. Beja, Morris, S.E. Gontarski and Pierre Astier, editors. Ohio University Press, no date.
Item 2: "Words Working Overtime: Endgame and No Man's Land"Add to your cart.
Extracted from The Yearbook of English Studies, Volume 9, 1979
Sub-Series 4.2: Odd PapersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Beckett Annotations"Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings regarding Sotheby's auction of Beckett's rehearsal copy of Waiting for Godot, no date
Item 2: Iser, Wolfgang. "Samuel Beckett's Dramatische Sprache"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 17 pages
Item 3: "Lettres de Samuel Beckett a Roger Bensky"Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 2 pages
Item 4: Programme for "The Beckett Foundation at the University of Reading" day seminar, 1994: December 10Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.3: New Yorker Magazine Contained Beckett PieceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Cohn's copy of The New Yorker's publication of Samuel Beckett's "Catastrophe (For Vaclav Havel)" translated by the author., 1983: January 10Add to your cart.
The New Yorker, Volume LVIII, Number 47, pages 26-27. Cover and rear are detached.

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Scholarly Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Concerning Samuel Beckett Written by Cohn],
[Series 3: Critical Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Written on Subjects Other Than Samuel Beckett],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous Publications and Papers],
[All]


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