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Jean Anouilh manuscripts

Call Number: GEN MSS 459
Scope and Contents
The Jean Anouilh Manuscripts consist of drafts of Anouilh's plays from various times in his career, including many juvenilia. Included are various notebooks and several other non-dramatic pieces. The collection has been organized into one series, Manuscripts , and spans the years 1924-1977.

Manuscripts consists principally of drafts of Anouilh plays, from the early short works, "Mondor et Tabarin" and "Billets de Banque", to his later, better-known works, such as "Cher Antoine". Present in this collection are a number of draft sections, such as those for "L'invitation au château", which differ from the printed versions. Also included are several occasional pieces, such as a group of scenarios intended for cinema commercials for a lotion, "O'cap", and an introduction to a French translation of the Kleist play, "L'ordalie ou la petite Catherine de Heilbronn" [originally "Das Käthchen von Heilbronn"].

Accompanying each manuscript is a folder of "cataloger's notes", which usually also include a transcript. These were prepared for the seller before the material arrived at Yale. They have been retained in the collection because they contain valuable contextual information, but they are not presented as being definitive.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Jean Anouilh Manuscripts are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired by purchase from a private collection, on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 1999.
1924 - 1977
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Related Names
Anouilh, Jean, 1910-1987
Language of Materials