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Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €1,250.00
Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €€1,250.00 ×
  • Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €1,250.00
  • Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €1,250.00
  • Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €1,250.00
  • Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €1,250.00
  • Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959 by Samuel Beckett on sale for €1,250.00

Samuel Beckett’s Honorary Degree. Signed Menu Card, Trinity College Dublin, 2 July 1959

Samuel Beckett

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  • Category: Literature, Poetry, Drama, History, Author Signed or Inscribed

€1,250.00

Menu card for the `Summer Commencements Dinner' at Beckett's alma mater, where Beckett received his Honorary Doctor of Letters. Signed by him and four others.  Single white card, folded printed on both sides. An excellent copy of a scarce piece of ephemera.  In 1959 H. O. (‘Ho’) White, Emeritus Professor at Trinity, wrote to Beckett on behalf of College to ask if he would accept the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters. Through Leventhal, Ho White had become friendly with Beckett and over the years kept him apprised of his works’ reception in London and Dublin. After some deliberation, Beckett decided to accept the degree because, as his biographer James Knowlson speculates, ‘he probably regarded it as a gesture of forgiveness for having walked out of his lectureship over twenty-five years before.' The degree was conferred on 2 July 1959. The card additionally signed by Walter Starkey , Hispanic scholar and travel writer, a fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and last resident commissioner of national education in Ireland; and T.C. Kingsmill Moore a university senator between 1943 and 1947. He became a High Court judge in 1947, and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1951. A man of many talents he also published a book of poetry and a classic study of angling.

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