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Karl E. Beckson papers, 1956-1993, bulk 1965-1992

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection consists of research and publication materials, correspondence, and manuscripts of several of Karl Beckson's books. It includes a large amount of research materials for Beckson's biography of Arthur Symons.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1515
Bib ID 6909765 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Beckson, Karl E., 1926-
Title Karl E. Beckson papers, 1956-1993, bulk 1965-1992
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (6 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

The contents of the collection are arranged alphabetically, following the titles that Beckson wrote on his folders.

Description

Summary

The collection contains research and publication materials, correspondence, and published writings. The research and publication materials consist of photocopies of letters and prints of photographs of Arthur Symons, Henry Harland, and other writers; correspondence with publishers, libraries, scholars, and friends of Symons; and publishing agreements. The published writings include manuscripts and galleys of several books written by Beckson between 1989 and 1993.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Karl Beckson Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Karl E. Beckson.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Anne Diebel, GSAS 2012 2009.

Finding aid written Anne Diebel, GSAS 2012 1/2010.

Revision Description

2010-04-07 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
English literature -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harland, Henry, 1861-1905 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Karl Beckson was a professor of English literature and author of many articles and books on British literature and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

He was born Emmanuel Beckson on February 4, 1926, and raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After serving in the United States Navy during the Second World War, he earned a B.A. (1949) in English from the University of Arizona and an M.A. (1952) and Ph.D. (1959) from Columbia University, where he studied with Lionel Trilling and Mark Van Doren. He worked briefly at Columbia, Bronx Community College, and Fairleigh-Dickinson University before teaching at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, for the rest of his career. As a scholar, he took special interest in the late-nineteenth-century Symbolist movement and its influence on late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century writers such as James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, and George Bernard Shaw. He wrote several books on Arthur Symons, Oscar Wilde, and Henry Harland, including biographies of Symons and Harland. He also co-wrote a dictionary of literary terms and edited several volumes of letters and memoirs. Beckson retired in 2004 and died on April 29, 2008.

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Alphabetical Files


Research and Publication Materials



Box 1 Folder 1 Academy Press, 1978-1979


Box 1 Folder 2 Collier's Encyclopedia, 1968-1969


Box 1 Folder 3 [Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library], 1992


Box 1 Folder 4 Correspondence, 1962-1992


Box 1 Folder 5 Correspondence, 1966-1991


Box 1 Folder 6 Eighteen Nineties Society, 1975-1980


Box 1 Folder 7 Encyclopedia Britannica, 1971


Box 1 Folder 8 Farrar, Straus Agreement, 1962-1987


Box 1 Folder 9 Fletcher, 1984-1989


Box 1 Folder 10 Harland Material, 1976-1979


Box 1 Folder 11 Harland Photos, undated


Box 1 Folder 12 Hinzmann, 1987-1991


Box 1 Folder 13 John Murray, 1975


Box 1 Folder 14 Kingsley, 1986


Box 1 Folder 15 Krishnamurti, 1973-1979


Box 1 Folder 16 [Lambourne, Lionel], 1966-1967


Box 1 Folder 17 Langenfeld, 1985-1986


Box 1 Folder 18 Lydia Lopokova Keynes, 1969-1981


Box 1 Folder 19 Macmillan, 1985-1988


Box 1 Folder 20 Marbury Material, 1970


Box 1 Folder 21 Mason, 1956-1969


Box 1 Folder 22 Merlin Holland, 1981-1992


Box 1 Folder 23 Michael Holroyd, 1968-1988


Box 1 Folder 24 Mrs. Percy Grainger, 1971-1979


Box 1 Folder 25 National Endowment for the Humanities, 1988-1990


Box 1 Folder 26 [Osborne, Humfrey Photo], 1984


Box 1 Folder 27 Oxford, 1985-1987


Box 1 Folder 28 Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976


Box 1 Folder 29 Permissions for Aesthetes and Decadents of the 1890s, 1965-1966


Box 1 Folder 30 Permissions for Wilde volume, 1960-1970


Box 1 Folder 31 Rhymers' Club, 1963-1977


Box 1 Folder 32 Sir John Rothenstein, 1970-1971


Box 1 Folder 33 Tragara Press, 1989


Box 1 Folder 34 Woodring, 1991-1992


Box 1 Folder 35 Wratislaw, 1979



Box 2 Folder 1 to 23 Symons: 1880-1903, 1980s, 1880-1903, 1980s



Box 3 Folder 1 to 22 Symons: 1904-1934, 1980s, 1904-1934, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 23 Symons--Undated (before 1908), 1980s


Box 3 Folder 24 Symons--Undated (after 1908), 1980s


Box 3 Folder 25 Symons at the Bodleian, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 26 Symons at Buffalo, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 27 Symons at Kansas, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 28 Symons at Texas, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 29 Symons at Yale, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 30 Wills of Arthur and Rhoda, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 31 [Symons Permissions], 1980s


Box 3 Folder 32 Symons Permission for Biography, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 33 Symons Permissions for Memoirs, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 34 Symons Photographs, 1980s


Box 3 Folder 35 Symons Correspondence, 1965-1986, 1980s, 1965-1986, 1980s


Published Writings



Box 4 Folder 1 to 3 Arthur Symons: Selected Letters Manuscript, circa, 1989



Box 5 Folder 1 to 2 Arthur Symons: A Bibliography Portion of Manuscript, 1990


Box 5 Folder 3 to 4 Arthur Symons: A Bibliography Galleys, 1990


Box 5 Folder 5 to 6 Literary Terms: A Dictionary Third Edition Manuscript, 1989



Box 6 Folder 1 to 3 London in the 1890s A Cultural History Manuscript, 1993