Oct. 19, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 4

The Samuel Beckett exhibition at Burns Library includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and other materials.

Burns Exhibition Offers Insight Into Life, Career of Beckett

An exhibit honoring the centennial of the birth of acclaimed Irish playwright Samuel Beckett is now on display at Boston College's John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections. The free public exhibit, titled " monster is in safe keeping," will be on view throughout the main exhibit floor of Burns Library through Jan. 31.

The exclusive exhibit, which includes items never before displayed in the United States, is comprised of correspondence, manuscripts, posters, photographs, publications and other papers by and about Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969 and noted for works that include "Waiting for Godot."

The exhibit is drawn from Boston College's celebrated Beckett Collection, considered to be one of the world's finest. It is comprised of more than 400 manuscripts and other pieces collected by the playwright's friends Calvin and Joann Israel, as well as correspondence between Beckett and North American literary agent Barney Rosett, director Alan Schneider, and French novelist and playwright Robert Pinget.

The exhibit is in celebration not only of the centennial of Beckett's birth but also of a new Burns Library acquisition, The Judith Schmidt Douw Collection of Correspondence with Samuel Beckett, 1957-1984, which contains more than 130 letters from Beckett to Judith Schmidt (later Judith Schmidt Douw), secretary to Barney Rosett of Grove Press, Beckett's American publisher.

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-Office of Public Affairs

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