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Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett's long-standing friend, James Knowlson, recreates Beckett's youth in Ireland, his studies at Trinity College, Dublin in the early ... Show synopsis

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AnnieLou

suffer to success

by AnnieLou on May 25, 2007

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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