Damned to Fame: the Life of Samuel Beckett

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 16, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 896 pages
Samuel Beckett's long-standing friend, James Knowlson, recreates
Beckett's youth in Ireland, his studies at Trinity College, Dublin in
the early 1920s and from there to the Continent, where he plunged into
the multicultural literary society of late-1920s Paris. The biography
throws new light on Beckett's stormy relationship with his mother, the
psychotherapy he received after the death of his father and his crucial
relationship with James Joyce. There is also material on Beckett's
six-month visit to Germany as the Nazi's tightened their grip.;The book
includes unpublished material on Beckett's personal life after he chose
to live in France, including his own account of his work for a
Resistance cell during the war, his escape from the Gestapo and his
retreat into hiding.;Obsessively private, Beckett was wholly committed
to the work which eventually brought his public fame, beginning with
the controversial success of "Waiting for Godot" in 1953, and
culminating in the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in
1969.;James Knowlson is the general editor of "The Theatrical Notebooks
of Samuel Beckett".

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The long-awaited authorized biography of the reclusive Nobel laureate, written by Knowlson (French/Univ. of Reading, England), who was not only a friend of Beckett's and his choice to do the book, but ... Read full review

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A Thorough, Passionate, and Scholarly Work: If the scale permitted, I would give Knowlson's biography of Samuel Beckett 4 1/2 stars. It is an impressively thorough, passionate, and scholarly work by ... Read full review


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About the author (2014)

James Knowlson is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of
Reading where he founded the Beckett Archive (now the Beckett
International Foundation). He was a friend of Samuel Beckett for twenty
years and is his authorised biographer, publishing Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett
with Bloomsbury in 1996. He has written or edited many other books and
essays on Beckett and modern drama, including most recently Images of Beckett with theatre photographer John Haynes.

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