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Sighle Kennedy papers, 1920s-1996, bulk 1963-1996

Series I: Correspondence, 1937-1992, bulk 1967-1992

This series primarily consists of letters written to and from Kennedy during her scholarly career. Kennedy kept carbon copies of many of her own letters, including those she wrote to Samuel Beckett. (Kennedy had pasted her letters to Beckett in a protective binder, from which they have been removed and which left their pages striped by glue.) Other correspondents include: Mary Doll, Richard Ellman, John Fletcher, James Gilvarry, Stanley E. Gontarski, Lawrence E. Harvey, John Kelly, James Knowlson, A.J. Leventhal, Jérôme Lindon (of Les Éditions de Minuit, Beckett's French publisher), George O. Marshall, Jr., W. Kelly Morris and Richard Schechner (of the Tulane Drama Review), Eoin T. O'Brien, John Pilling, and representatives of the Columbia, Dartmouth, Ohio State, Texas, and Washington University Libraries, of the Modern Language Association, and scholarly publishers the Associated University Press, Bucknell University Press, and Princeton University Press. Of note are the letters from TDR's Morris and editor Schechner (later a professor at New York University and a major figure in the field of performance studies); they are two very harsh critiques of Kennedy's first journal article attempt. That Kennedy, then still a graduate student, kept the letters is illustrative of her character.

Also present in this series are two autograph letters from Beckett to his uncle's brother, Harry Sinclair, one written in October 1937 and one dated 2 February 1938, and one photocopy of a typed letter draft, in German, from Beckett to his friend Axel Kaun, dated 9 July 1937. The Sinclair letters were written during the time of the libel suit (eventually successful) brought against the Irish writer, politician, physician and wit Oliver St. John Gogarty for his portrayal of the Sinclair family in his 1937 memoir As I Was Going Down Sackville Street. Beckett's affidavit in the case was taken on 12 May 1937. The second letter reports on the status of Beckett's health following his hospitalization for a stab wound to his lung given to him on 7 January 1938 by a Parisian pimp, apparently for no reason. Beckett wrote the letter from the Hotel Liberia in Paris, where he was convalescing.

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Box 1 Folder 1 Associated University Press, 1970-1984

Box 1 Folder 2 Beckett, Samuel to Axel Kaun (copy of draft), 1937

Box 1 Folder 3 Beckett, Samuel, to Harry Sinclair, 1937-1938

Box 1 Folder 4 Beckett, Samuel to Sighle Kennedy, 1967-1977

Box 1 Folder 5 Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1986-1995

Box 1 Folder 6 Doll, Mary, 1983

Box 1 Folder 7 Ellman, Richard, 1976-1978

Box 1 Folder 8 Fell, Cynthia (Associated/Bucknell University Press), 1973

Box 1 Folder 9 Fletcher, John, 1971

Box 1 Folder 10 Gilvarry, James, undated

Box 1 Folder 11 Gontarski, Stanley E., 1977

Box 1 Folder 12 Hall, Holly (Washington University Libraries), 1978

Box 1 Folder 13 Harvey, Lawrence E., 1974

Box 1 Folder 14 Humanities Research Center, University of Texas-Austin, 1971-1974

Box 1 Folder 15 Kelly, John,1976-1977

Box 1 Folder 16 Kennedy, Sighle to Samuel Beckett, 1967-1988

Box 1 Folder 17 Kennedy, Sighle, 1965-1976

Box 1 Folder 18 Kennedy, Sighle, 1977-1992

Box 1 Folder 19 Knowlson, James, 1974-1992

Box 1 Folder 20 Leventhal, A.J., 1976

Box 1 Folder 21 Library Chronicle of the University of Texas-Austin, 1981

Box 1 Folder 22 Lindon, Jérôme, 1983

Box 1 Folder 23 Mackesy, Eileen (Modern Language Association), 1974

Box 1 Folder 24 Marshall, George O., Jr., 1969

Box 1 Folder 25 Morris, W. Kelly (Tulane Drama Review), 1966

Box 1 Folder 26 Mortimer, Roger (Washington University Libraries), 1973

Box 1 Folder 27 O'Brien, Eoin T., 1983-1985

Box 1 Folder 28 Pilling, John, 1976

Box 1 Folder 29 Princeton University Press, 1974-1981

Box 1 Folder 30 Schechner, Richard (Tulane Drama Review), 1966

Box 1 Folder 31 Tibbetts, Robert A. (Ohio State University Libraries), 1970-1977

Box 1 Folder 32 Wright, Walter W. (Dartmouth College Library), 1975