Waguih Ghali’s Unpublished Papers Now Online

For all fans of Ghali and his brilliant Beer in the Snooker Club:

ghali_papersCornell University’s Deborah Starr recently sent out a listserv message informing readers that Waguih Ghali’s unpublished papers, diaries (1964-1968), and manuscript fragments are now available at http://ghali.library.cornell.edu/.

I have mixed feelings about this: I can’t imagine Ghali, who committed suicide in 1969, would really like his unpublished papers, diaries, and manuscript fragments going online. On the other hand, I too am a Ghali groupie, and will surely succumb to reading this material.


ArabLit: ‘Beer in the Snooker Club’: Egypt Then and Egypt Now 

Tanjara: waguih ghali’s bbc talk on visit to israel post-1967 war

LRB: Ahdaf Soueif reviews ‘After a Funeral’ by Diana Athill, her book on Ghali


  1. I’m currently reading the unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath, who also killed herself at 30, and i was thinking the same thing – would she have wanted all this raw material published?

    But it’s amazing to get such an intimate insight into her life and thoughts, and I feel the same way about Ghali.

    1. Yes, I’ve been having these discussions and Plath certainly came up. Hussein Omar also notes that in “After a Funeral,” Diana Athill noted that Ghali went into fits of rage when she peeked into his diary (understandably). And now the whole world can peek. I feel really strange about it.

      1. Too true, I am Waguih’s cousin and was his close friend, D. Athill just took over all his papers and refused to hand them over to his family.

    1. You’re so welcome.

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