This year Trinity College Library has made great advances in acquiring and making available significant collections of Samuel Beckett material, most recently with the acquisition of the Hayden Collection of Beckett correspondence. In the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections two excellent Beckett collections have been catalogued and are available to consult in the EPB reading room. The Con Leventhal Collection, which contains primarily Beckett authored material from throughout his career including many inscribed first editions; and the Stanley E. Gontarski Beckett Library, which contains a comprehensive collection of Beckett criticism as well as many foreign language editions of Beckett’s writing. Several items from both collections are now on display in the Berkeley foyer.
From the Leventhal Collection you can see “Our exagmination round his factification for incamination of Work in progress” which features Beckett’s first published essay; a rare first edition of his prize winning poem “Whoroscope”; and a copy of “Molloy” inscribed to Ethna MacCarthy, an early crush of Beckett’s who went on the marry his friend Con Leventhal. The Gontarski Beckett Library is strong in theatrical and international content with the Evergreen Review literary magazine featuring “Ohio impromptu”; and “Wierność przegranej” a collection of Polish translations of Beckett essays also on display.