The Resource Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson

Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson

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Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett
Title
Damned to fame
Title remainder
the life of Samuel Beckett
Statement of responsibility
James Knowlson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Damned to Fame follows the reclusive literary giant's life from his birth in Foxrock, a rural suburb of Dublin, in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989. Knowlson brilliantly re-creates Beckett's early years as a struggling author in Paris, his travels through Germany in 1936-37 as the Nazis were consolidating their power, his service in the French Resistance during World War II, and the years of literary fame and financial success that followed the first performance of his controversial Waiting for Godot (1953). Paris between the wars was a city vibrant with experimentation, both in the arts and in personal lifestyle, and Knowlson introduces us to the writers and painters who, along with the young Beckett, populated this bohemian community. Most notable was James Joyce, a fellow Irishman who became Beckett's friend and mentor and influenced him to devote his life to writing. We also meet the women in Beckett's life - his domineering mother, May; his cousin Peggy Sinclair, who died at a tragically young age; Ethna MacCarthy, his first love, whom he immortalized in his poetry and prose; Peggy Guggenheim, the American heiress and patron of the arts; and the strong and independent Suzanne Deschevaux-Dumesnil, whom he met in the late 1930s and married in 1961. Beyond recounting many previously unknown aspects of the writer's life, including his strong support for human rights and other political causes, Knowlson explores in fascinating detail the roots of Beckett's works. He shows not only how the relationship between Beckett's own experiences and his work became more oblique over time, but also how his startling postmodern images were inspired by the paintings of the Old Masters, such as Antonello da Messina, Durer, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio
Awards note
Theatre Library Association George Freedley Memorial Award, 1997.
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 848/.91409
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
  • PR6003.E282
  • PQ2603.E47
LC item number
  • Z764 1996
  • Z764 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson
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Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett, James Knowlson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 747-762) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The Paris years, 1928-30
  • 6.
  • Academe: return and flight, 1930-31
  • 7.
  • Dream of Fair to Middling Women, 1932-33
  • 8.
  • The London years, 1933-35
  • 9.
  • Murphy, 1934-36
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • Germany: the unknown diaries, 1936-37
  • 11.
  • A permanent home, 1937-39
  • 12.
  • Exodus, occupation, and resistance, 1940-42
  • 13.
  • Refuge in Roussillon, 1942-45
  • Images of childhood, 1906-15
  • 2.
  • School days, 1915-23
  • 3.
  • The growth of a mind, 1923-26
  • 4.
  • Academic success and love, 1927-28
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Dimensions
25 cm
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Extent
800 pages
Isbn
9780684808727
Lccn
96023702
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)34788206

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