University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Bernard Kops:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Kops, Bernard, 1926-
Title: Bernard Kops Papers
Dates: 1954-2000
Abstract: The papers include drafts of published and unpublished plays, stories, and poetry, as well as Kops's autobiography Shalom Bomb; scenes from my life. Correspondence with fellow artists and letters to his wife are also present.
Extent: 10 boxes (4.2 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This addition to the Bernard Kops collection at the Ransom Center includes drafts of published and unpublished plays, stories, and poetry as well as his autobiography Shalom Bomb; scenes from my life. Play titles include The Boy Who Wouldn't Play Jesus, Change for the Angel, The Dream of Peter Mann, Enter Solly Gold, Falling in Love Again, I Want to Go Home, and Stray Cats and Empty Bottles. Also included is correspondence with Lindsay Anderson, Michael Horovitz, Harold Innocent, Warren Mitchell, Olga Rudge, Arnold Wesker and others, and Kops's letters to his wife Erica.

Books received with the collection were transferred to the Ransom Center Library.



Open for research

Administrative Information


Purchase (Reg. no. 14679)

Accessioned by:

Liz Murray, 2001

Bernard Kops Papers--Folder List

I. Works

Box Folder
1 1 After You've Gone, synopsis for stage play
2-3 Audition Piece, script and director's critique
4 Barricades in West Hampstead, poetry, setting copy
5 The Boy Who Wouldn't Play Jesus, play, disbound sheets of Cassell's, 1965, 2nd edition, revised
6 By the Waters of Whitechapel, script
7-9 Call in the Night, script, drafts and notes
Box Folder
2 1-2 Call in the Night, cont'd
3-4 Cardboard City, novel for teenagers
5 Change for the Angel, script
6 The Dream of Peter Mann, script, 1960
7 Dreams of Anne Frank,On Margate Sands,Call in the Night, page proofs of plays
8 East End Tales, script, 1969
Box Folder
3 1 East End Tales and Inner Circle, scripts
2 East End-West End, London Saturday Night Broadcast, 1961
3 Enter Solly Gold, script, first version
4 Falling in Love Again, radio script, 2000
5 The Ghost Child, radio script, 1994
6-7 Golem, play, drafts
Box Folder
4 1-2 Golem, cont'd
3-4 Grandchildren and Other Poems, typescripts
5-7 Houdini Escapes, play, notes and drafts
Box Folder
5 1 I Want to Go Home, opening of the 1964 play which became the novel "Yes from No Man's Land"
2 In a Strange Land, short television plays, 1972
3-6 The Jericho Players with Rogues and Vagabonds, script, 1998
7 A Jewish Wedding, BBC talk, 1960
8 Kafe Kropotkin, script, drafts
Box Folder
6 1-2 Kafe Kropotkin, cont'd
3 Make-Up, screenplay
4-5 More Out Than In and On Margate Sands, scripts
6 Neither Your Honey Nor Your Sting, outline of `saga'
7 The Party of Peregrin and Penelope Pig, unpublished story
8 Risorgimento, play notes, 1996
9 Sailing with Homer, script, 1994
Shalom Bomb
Box Folder
6 10 Outline
Box Folder
7 1 Outline, cont'd
2 Various pages, changes, cuts
3 Final page proofs
4-5 Final corrected proof
6-7 Simon, script
8 Soho nights, script
9 Songs and Sorrows of Mean Streets, scenario
10 Space Orpheus, opera, notes, scenarios, etc.
Box Folder
8 1 Stray Cats and Empty Bottles, stage sketch
2 Untitled playscript
3 "Why the Geese Shrieked" by I.B. Singer, dramatized by BK, 1976, BBC script
4 Abandoned children's novel, 1985
5 Draft of play and other drafts
6 Draft of short story about actors and various other drafts
7 Handwritten notes
8 Miscellaneous notes
9 Notes for various abandoned projects
Box Folder
9 1 Miscellaneous papers and abandoned projects
2 Unpublished, abandoned projects, and notes
3 Reviews and interviews
4 Reviews and worksheets from plays
5 Printed material, programs, articles, reviews

II. Correspondence

Box Folder
9 6 General
7 BK to his wife, Erica, 1954-1995
10 Computer discs