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Scholarly Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Concerning Samuel Beckett Written by Cohn

Critical Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Written on Subjects Other Than Samuel Beckett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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Ruby Cohn Papers (MSS028), 1960-1994 | MSS Manuscripts

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The Ruby Cohn Papers consists largely of manuscripts toward published and unpublished essays and lectures on Samuel Beckett. In addition, the collection includes correspondence and manuscripts toward published and unpublished essay and lectures on modern theater and analyses of playwrights.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

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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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