Lawrence E. Harvey papers on Samuel Beckett, 1933-1975 Rauner Manuscript MS-661

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Title:

Lawrence E. Harvey papers on Samuel Beckett

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-661

Collection Dates:

1933-1975

Size of Collection:

3.25 linear ft., 3 boxes

Abstract:

Bibliographies, notes, essays, and other material used by Harvey in his research on Samuel Beckett.

Access to Collection:

Per gift agreement, the audio must be used on-site and cannot be reproduced. Repository will provide a non-computer based CD player for patrons to listen to audio.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Per gift agreement, the audio must be used on-site and cannot be reproduced. Repository will provide a non-computer based CD player for patrons to listen to audio.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The Lawrence E. Harvey Research Papers on Samuel Beckett were a 1984 gift to the Dartmouth College Library from Professor Emeritus and Mrs. Lawrence E. Harvey. Professor Harvey was a friend of Samuel Beckett and an acknowledged authority on Beckett's works; his book Samuel Beckett, Poet and Critic, won honorable mention in the 1970 James Russell Lowell Prize competition for best book of the year on literature.

Lawrence E. Harvey was born February 13, 1925 in Denver, Ccolorado. He graduated from Western Reserve University in 1948, studied at the Sorbonne forr a year, and in 1951, he earned an M.A. degree from Harvard University. In 1955, after attaining his Ph.D., also from Harvard, Harvey joined the Dartmouth College faculty. During his years at the College, Harvey conceived the Foreign Study and Language Study Abroad programs, helped develop the Comparitive Literature program, served as Chairman of the Humanities Division, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Humanities, and in 1970-71, as Dean of the Faculty. In 1972 he was awarded the Edward Tuck Professorship in French. Harvey Retired from the College in 1981; he died in February 1988.

Professor Harvey became interested in the works of Samuel Beckett in the late 1950's. He met Beckett through a mutual acquaintance in 1961, and the two became friends. Many of the original manuscripts in the Beckett collection (MS-122) were gifts to Harvey from Beckett, and subsequently from Harvey to the Dartmouth College Library. Samuel Beckett took a string interest in the writing of Harvey's book, Samuel Beckett, Poet and Critic (1970); he provided many insights and submitted to numerous interviews to provide Harvey with background material. Notes on some of these conversations are incuded in the colleaction.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, ,

Box: 1,

Literary criticism, bibliography, Book Mss and correspondence.

Box: 2,

Literary criticism by Beckett and of him. Lectures by Harvey, news releases, photographs of Harvey family in Ireland, plays and poetry.

Box: 3,

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Poster: Harvey lecture, undated
  • Folder: 2, Poster: Film Festival, undated
  • Folder: 3, Princeton University Press Reader's Report on Back To Beckett, notes and typescript, undated
  • Folder: 4, Program: Jack MacGowran in the Works of Samuel Beckett. Hopkins Center, 1972
  • Folder: 5, Publication Agreement: Prentice-Hall and Harvey, 1966-1971
  • Folder: 6, Lecture sections on the significance of certain letters of the alphabet in Beckett's works, undated
  • Folder: 7, Audio tapes: Final Chapter of book mss: Samuel Beckett, Poet and Critic. 6 Tapes (includes CD use copies), undated

    Use Restrictions

    Per gift agreement, the audio must be used on-site and cannot be reproduced. Repository will provide a non-computer based CD player for patrons to listen to audio.

  • Folder: 8, Thesis: La Notion De L'Echec Dans Le Theatre De Samuel Beckett, by Dale C. Muller (photocopy), April 1967

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