• Title
    James and Elizabeth Knowlson Collection
  • Reference
  • Production date
  • Creator
  • Creator History
    James Knowlson is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Reading where he founded the Beckett Archive (now the Beckett International Foundation). He was a friend of Samuel Beckett for twenty years and is his authorised biographer, publishing Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett with Bloomsbury in 1996. He has written or edited many other books and essays on Beckett and modern drama, including most recently Images of Beckett with theatre photographer John Haynes.Dr Elizabeth Knowlson lectured in French at the University of Glasgow from 1961 to 1969. After having three children, she resumed her university career as an administrator at the Centre for Applied Language Studies in the University of Reading, before leaving her post to assist her husband with his biography of Beckett and his later books and essays. (Source:, accessed 7 Sept 2010)
  • Scope and Content
    This catalogue is based on the listing of the collection by James and Elizabeth Knowlson
  • Level of description
  • Conditions governing access
    Please note that no photocopying or copying is permitted of any of the letters written by Samuel Beckett or work of Samuel Beckett
  • System of arrangment
    JEK A Research material JEK B Correspondence JEK C Audio Visual material JEK D Photographs and Artwork JEK E Objects
  • Existence and location of copies
    The University of Reading Special Collections Service also holds the Samuel Beckett Collection. More information about the collection is at
  • Related objects
    BC, BC MS 5411, BC MS 5519, BW, BW A, BW A/1/1, BW A/1, BW A/1/2, BW A/1/3, BW A/2, BW A/2/1, BW A/2/2, BW A/2/3, BW A/2/4, BW A/3, BW A/3/1, BW A/3/2, BW A/4, BW A/4/1, BW A/4/2, BW A/4/3, BW A/4/4, BW A/5, BW A/5/1, BW A/6, BW A/6/1, BW A/7/1, BW A/7, BW C, BW C/1, BW B, BW B/1, BW B/1/1, BW B/1/2, BW B/1/3, BW B/1/4, BW B/1/5, BW B/1/6, BW B/1/7, BW B/1/8, BW B/1/9, BW B/1/10, BW B/1/11, BW B/1/12, BW B/1/13, BW B/1/14, BW B/1/15, BW B/1/16, BW B/1/17, BW B/1/18, BW B/1/19, BW B/1/20, BW B/1/21, BW B/1/22, BW B/1/23, BW B/1/24, BW B/1/25, BW B/2, BW B/3, BW B/4, BW B/5, BW B/6, BW B/7, BW D, BW D/1, BW PH, BW PH3/1, BW PH3/2, MS 5531, MS 5647