Samuel Beckett Collection; University of Reading

The Beckett Collection is the world’s largest collection of resources relating to Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). It has been recognised as being of national and international importance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
Its contents include:

. over 600 manuscript, typescript and photocopied typescript items of original Beckett material, including manuscript drafts, annotated copies and corrected copies. There are also manuscript notebooks containing a wide variety of material, including the notebooks for Beckett’s first novel, Murphy. Please note that surrogate copies, not originals, are normally made available for consultation
. correspondence, including over 200 items of correspondence between Beckett and the scholar Ruby Cohn reference number BC MS 5100 [COH], around 120 items of correspondence between Beckett and the theatre designer Jocelyn Herbert reference number BC MS 5200 [HER], and over 70 items of correspondence between Beckett and his lover Pamela Mitchell reference number BC MS 5060 [MIT] in the late 1950s and 1960s
. stage files relating to over 680 productions of Beckett plays, each containing material such as programmes, publicity material, reviews etc.
. nearly 500 editions of Beckett’s work in more than 20 languages, most on open access in Room G7 at the Special Collections Service
. nearly 1000 critical and biographical works, most on open access in Room G7 at the Special Collections Service
. other printed material, including over 1500 offprints and photocopied articles on Beckett, around 170 journals and over 40 dissertations
. artwork, including framed works by Avigdor Arikha, Geer van Velde and Henri Hayden, presented to the collection by Beckett himself; designs for Beckett productions; and artists‘ illustrated books by Avigdor Arikha, H.M. Erhardt, Max Ernst, Sorel Etrog, Jasper Johns and William Hayter

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Publications: „Journal of Beckett Studies“ and „Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui“

Current and recently graduated postgraduate researchers can be found below:
Helen Bailey: ‚Spirituality & Music in the Works of Samuel Beckett‘
Michela Bariselli: ‚Samuel Beckett & Humour‘
Niamh Bowe: ‚Early Phenomenology and the aesthetics of suffering in Samuel Beckett’s non-prose work‘
Will Davies: ‚Beckett & Posthumanism‘
Antonio Gambacorta: ‚Beckett & the City‘
Matthew McFrederick: ‚A Historiography of London Productions of Samuel Beckett’s Drama‘
Sarah-Jane Scaife: ‚The Culturally Inscribed Body and Spaces of Performance in Samuel Beckett’s Theatre‘
Giovanna Vincenti: ‚Psycho-pathologies in James Joyce and Samuel Beckett‘

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