Ian P. Watts, "Myth of the River Kwai" May 16, 1979. by Portland State Library Special Collections published on 2014-02-21T18:39:31Z Ian P. Watts, "Myth of the River Kwai" May 16, 1979. Additional Speakers: Dr. Frederick Wahler (English Department). 15th annual Nina Mae Kellogg lecture on language. SUMMARY: Ian Watt discusses his involvement, while a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, in the construction of the River Kwai bridge. Traces the evolution of this historical occurrence into fiction, as exemplified by Pierre Boulle's The bridge on the River Kwai and the motion picture of the same title. Transferred to digital format from original ¼ inch reel to reel audio recording. Transferred and preserved by Portland State University Library’s Special Collections with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. This digital access copy is made available as streaming media for personal, educational, and non-commercial use only. It cannot be reproduced in any form, distributed or played for commercial purposes. It is made accessible because of one or more of the following situations: the rights are owned by State Board of Higher Education, on behalf of Portland State University; Portland State University has permission to make it accessible; it is made accessible for education and research purposes under "fair use"; or there are no known restrictions on use. In the event that previously unknown information is shared that may change the status of this item, it will be immediately removed from public view until pertinent rights issues are clarified.