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Scholarly Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Concerning Samuel Beckett Written by Cohn

Critical Essays and Lectures, Published and Unpublished, Written on Subjects Other Than Samuel Beckett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The Ruby Cohn Papers consists largely of manuscripts toward published and unpublished essays and lectures on Samuel Beckett. In addition, the collection includes correspondence and manuscripts toward published and unpublished essay and lectures on modern theater and analyses of playwrights.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 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

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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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