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Lawrence E. Harvey papers on Samuel Beckett May Be Restricted

Identifier: MS-661

  • Staff Only


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.

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 strong interest in the writing of Harvey's book, "Samuel Beckett, Poet and Critic" (1970) and provided many insights and submitted to numerous interviews to provide Harvey with background material. Notes on some of these conversations are included in the collection.


  • 1933 - 1975


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

Permission to reproduce or publish the Beckett audio recordings must be obtained from the Samuel Beckett Estate at:

The Estate of Samuel Beckett c/o Rosica Colin Ltd. 1, Clareville Grove Mews London SW7 5AH

Tel: +44 (0)20 7370 1080 Fax: +44 (0)20 7244 6441


3.25 linear ft. (3 boxes)

11 Digital File(s) (11 .wav files)

Language of Materials


Additional Description


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

Related Materials

MS-122 Samuel Beckett Collection

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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