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 The book includes unpublished material on Beckett's personal life after he chose to live in France, including his own account of his work for a Resistance cell during the war, his escape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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"Soon to be the bible of Beckett enthusiasts." -Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World
"James Knowlson's study of Samuel Beckett is a heroic enterprise of literary biography, an exhilarating assault on a craggy, enigmatic genius." - San Francisco Chronicle
"An exhaustive and loving work; it tells you as much as anyone can about Samuel Beckett." -Edward Albee, author of Three Tall Women
"Certain and deft... By working through this model of biographical excellence you will better understand Beckett and perhaps yourself." - Los Angeles Times
"If anyone could know this private man, Knowlson does. And tells." -Richard Corliss, Time
"A magnificent biography... Damned to Fame splendidly preserves the truths embodied in Beckett's life." - The New York Times Book Review
James Knowlson, the author or editor of ten previous books on Beckett's work, is the general editor of The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett. He is the founder of the Beckett Archive (now the Beckett International Foundation) at the University of Reading, where he holds a Personal Chair of French. He lives in Reading, England.
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Descripción Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1996. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110747527199
Descripción Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, U.K., 1996. Cloth. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Nº de ref. de la librería 018267