James and Elizabeth Knowlson Collection

In the summer of 2008, the University significantly increased its Beckett holdings with the acquisition of the James and Elizabeth Knowlson Collection. This includes original manuscripts, interviews with friends and colleagues of Beckett's, over 6500 letters to more than 160 recipients, including nearly 200 to James Knowlson himself, Knowlson's research files and an extensive library.

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: Author area for Bloomsbury Publishing, accessed 7 Sept 2010)

This catalogue is based on the listing of the collection by James and Elizabeth Knowlson.

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