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Samuel Beckett Ephemera

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-VMF-vmf014

Nine playbills and one poster relating to productions of Samuel Beckett's plays

Dates

  • 1956-1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

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Extent

10.00 items

1 Linear Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Samuel Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theater 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.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 22954. Purchased from Front Row Center, October 1, 1996

Related Materials

See also the Samuel Beckett Papers (MS008), the Samuel Beckett Posters (VMF233), and the Lord John Press Collection (MS155).

Processing Information

Processed January 2013 by Sarah Schnuriger

Title
Samuel Beckett Ephemera
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020 November 6: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Contact:
Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495