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 ...
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 There is also material on Beckett's six-month visit to Germany as the Nazi's tightened their grip.;The book includes unpublished material on Beckett's personal life after he chose to live in France, including his own account of his work for a Resistance cell during the war, his escape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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This comprehensive and exquisitely detailed account of the life and works of a sensitivie and depressed young man, a genius in his own right. Tormented by mental illness and a desire to break through the repressive environment of his Irish upbringing, Samuel Beckett flees to Paris and Germany, where he is inspired to create his own style of writing prose and especially dramatic plays. His connection with James Joyce is reflected upon at length and their working collusion develops and improves both their creative lives. His influence upon modern drama, and " Waiting for Godot", the 1953 play, broke all theatrical rules ! A l engthy book, but worth the effort !
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