The Beckett International Foundation at the University of Reading was established in 1988 to further the study and appreciation of the work of Samuel Beckett (1906-1989).

Samuel Beckett 1973 © John Haynes  

The Beckett International Foundation is a charitable trust and holds the most extensive collection of Samuel Beckett materials in the world. The Beckett Archive, which grew out of an exhibition of manuscripts and other material at the University of Reading in 1971, is open to the public and to academic researchers.

The Foundation also serves the Beckett community through its publications, conferences and other events. It also supports the research and teaching of Beckett's work at all degree levels and in a variety of departments across the University of Reading.


The University of Reading is pleased to announce that it has acquired the six manuscript notebooks of Beckett's novel Murphy.

Further information:
» University of Reading statement
» Video of the auction