Correspondence, lectures, notes, course materials,
bibliographies, articles, proofs, clippings, and reprints pertaining to courses he
taught, departmental business, academic associations, and other professional activities.
Some of the material pertains to his teaching at UC Berkeley before he came to Stanford;
also included are materials pertaining to his experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war
during World War II and the building of the bridge over the River Kwai.
Watt earned his degrees at Cambridge and taught there and at UC Berkeley before joining
the Stanford faculty in 1964 as Professor of English. In 1971 he was named Jackson Eli
Reynolds professor of the humanities and was the first director of the Stanford
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