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MS Thr 1023

Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989. Samuel Beckett letters to Herbert Benjamin Myron and other papers, 1953-1985: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 1023
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989.
Title: Samuel Beckett letters to Herbert Benjamin Myron and other papers,
Date(s): 1953-1985.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, German, Norwegian, Greek, and Dutch.
Abstract: Letters from playwright, Samuel Beckett to his friend, American scholar Herbert Benjamin Myron.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006MT-113r. Most materials in this collection are the gift of Herbert Benjamin Myron; received: date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Existence and Location of Copies:

Microfilm of a portion of the correspondence is available through Houghton Public Services as TSM 467.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Samuel Beckett Letters to Herbert Benjamin Myron and Other Papers, 1953-1985 (MS Thr 1023). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For additional materials on or about Samuel Beckett and/or Herbert Benjamin Myron, see: MS Thr 32; MS Thr 70; MS Thr 70.2; MS Thr 927 and also HOLLIS and OASIS for more.
A related collection of letters from Beckett to Myron can be found at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989) was a playwright, novelist, theater director, and poet, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, lived in Paris for most of his adult life, and wrote in both English and French. Herbert Benjamin Myron (1906-1990) was a professor of French at Boston University who received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1939. He corresponded with many French writers and collected theater materials. Myron corresponded extensively with and was friends with Samuel Beckett.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Correspondence series is primarily autograph manuscript (signed) letters from Samuel Beckett to his friend Herbert Benjamin Myron. Some of Beckett's letters include poems in French or English and some include autograph manuscript notes made by Myron. Many letters from Beckett also include photocopies of the original letter or postcard and notes or transcriptions of the text, made by Herbert Benjamin Myron. This series also includes some letters to and from others concerning Beckett or his works.
The composition series includes Myron's notes on Beckett from his visits with him, a few compositions by Myron on Beckett, photocopies of Beckett manuscripts for Cascando, an unidentified screenplay, and a Norwegian translation of Radio II.
The series "printed materials and photographs" is primarily theater programs and on-stage photographs of Samuel Beckett plays, collected by Herbert Benjamin Myron or collected by Samuel Beckett and sent to Myron. Myron regularly sent this material to the Harvard Theatre Collection. Some of these items were sent directly to the Harvard Theatre Collection by Samuel Beckett. Many items are annotated and/or inscribed by Beckett. Includes: pamphlets, clippings, offprints and reprints, photomechanical prints, and other printed items relating to performances of Beckett's plays, as well as Myron's annotated copy of Deirdre Bair's book, Beckett: A biography.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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