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  • Title: Damned to Fame: Life of Samuel Beckett
  • Author: James Knowlson
  • ISBN: 9780747527190
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Damned to Fame is the brilliant and insightful portrait of Nobel Prize winning author Samuel Beckett, mysterious and reclusive master of twentieth century literature Professor James Knowlson, Beckett s chosen biographer and a leading authority on Beckett, vividly recreates Beckett s life from his birth in a rural suburb of Dublin in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989, revDamned to Fame is the brilliant and insightful portrait of Nobel Prize winning author Samuel Beckett, mysterious and reclusive master of twentieth century literature Professor James Knowlson, Beckett s chosen biographer and a leading authority on Beckett, vividly recreates Beckett s life from his birth in a rural suburb of Dublin in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989, revealing the real man behind the literary giant Scrupulously researched and filled with previously unknown information garnered from interviews with the author and his friends, family, and contemporaries, Knowlson s unparalleled work is the definitive Beckett biography of our time.Nearing the end of his life, Samuel Beckett chose James Knowlson to be his biographer because he knows my work best One of the world s leading authorities on Beckett, Knowlson has drawn on his twenty year friendship with the Nobel Prize winner, than one hundred interviews, and research in dozens of archival collections many previously untapped by scholars to produce this definitive biography of one of the century s leading writers in both English and French.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 his 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 McCarthy, 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 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.Perhaps most striking of all is Knowlson s portrait of Beckett s complex personality Although Beckett is often depicted as melancholic, self critical, and intensely preoccupied with his work, his own letters reveal him to have been also a witty, resilient, and compassionate man who could respond to adversity with humor and who inspired deep affection in his friends.
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    Commentaires:

    Paul Bryant
    I thought about reading Samuel Beckett. Then I thought I wouldn’t but instead I would read about him. So now I am writing about reading about him. But before that I was thinking about writing about reading about him. And before that I was thinking about rinse aid. You know, that stuff you have to put inside the dishwasher. Like Live Aid, but this is Rinse Aid. I think we’re running out but I can’t be bothered to check. Beckett would have keenly appreciated both the indolence of my mind and [...]

    Max Nemtsov
    Одна из лучших биографий всех времен и народов (не только нами признано — ну и да, худшего нам не надо). Ноулсон начинал как литературовед, а одним из условий Бекетта было то, что он авторизует свою био, только если автор ее будет хорошо разбираться в его работах — и Ноулсон э [...]

    William Dearth
    I am not sure where to start with this. I have spent well over one year going through this biography while trying to keep pace with Beckett’s works as they are presented. This required some re-reads of many of his prose pieces as well as plays.Sam Beckett is not easy reading. It often (most often) requires contemplation as well as study. I don’t think it is wise to take any of Beckett’s work at first blush. It is often confusing, obscure and is rife with mental tongue-twisters. But when it [...]

    Liz
    this is undoubtedly a major work of scholarship, a feat of research thoroughness it's hard to find specific fault with. it's readable and clear. & overall I liked it. I had a few problems though:1. This one is strictly a personal issue, but I don't really like biographies that much. I only read this one because I'm super into Beckett as a writer and biographical context sheds a bit of light on his often rather opaque work. As a Beckett scholar of some standing, Knowlson does actually have so [...]

    Gail
    'Suicide represented for him an unacceptable kind of surrender: a surprising attitude, perhaps, in one who held such a sombre view of human existence but one that was as integral to him as this dark assessment itself. This need to see life stoically through - whether it be tragedy or farce - to a natural end derived partly from his Protestant legacy. But it also came from a firm personal determination to go on, refusing stubbornly to give in.' (569)

    Chiara Pagliochini
    "There is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express, together with the obligation to express".Molto semplicemente, credo di essermi innamorata di Samuel Beckett. Con tutti gli inconvenienti che un amore a distanza (nel tempo oltre che nello spazio) comporta. Scriverò qualche parola nei giorni a venire: adesso tutte mi falliscono.

    Larry
    Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett For anyone interested in the writing of Samuel Beckett I would recommend this as essential reading. When I started this book I was reading Molloy and frankly having some difficulty in getting past half way mark. I decided to read this biography with the hope that it would open up some of the density of Molloy and make sure I was on the right track. Reading Samuel Beckett’s work constantly requires self-questioning…”Do I understand what is happenin [...]

    Derek Martin
    A very detailed account of Beckett's life. It is so detailed in fact that many would find a great deal of it boring. I, however, enjoyed reading all the mundane details - it's just the truth, and it keeps you from romanticizing and fantasizing about a famous writer's life, like so many people tend to do, when you are presented with all the boring minutia. Beckett had a privileged upbringing and the book goes into the details of life for a bourgeois Irish family of the time period and what was ex [...]

    Karli
    This is a very detailed, loving biography of the brilliant Beckett. I love reading it and I find myself drifting off into a fantasy world of pure Beckett idolization and envy at the man's genius. Although, I must step outside of it and say wait a minute, this guy was not THAT great. He was human after all, but Knowlson's account sometimes lets you forget that. Take it with a grain of salt, as they say.

    Ken French
    Excellent but extremely detailed bio of Beckett. Hard to imagine any further info one would want to read about him.

    Geoff
    I don't know whether to read this one or Bair's, but I sure as hell ain't reading both. GR community, I beg of you, tell me what to do! Decisions are so hard!

    Joseph Lane Smith
    This is by far the better biography of Samuel Beckett. The D. Bair is a hypothetical hack job. Knowlson had access to, and participation of, Beckett himself.

    Scott
    Excellent couldn't put it down, so detailed but thats why I enjoyed it.

    Matt
    Amazing biography. I recommend it to anyone who likes theatrebut if you like Beckett it is simply a must.

    Jason
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    Gini
    "apart from winning a Nobel Prize for literature and having written some of the most important plays of the twentieth century, he was a guy who liked to drink scotch, smoke funny little cigars, talk, laugh and tell stories." (571) Pretty apt description of Beckett by Lawrence Held as recorded by Knowlson in this biography. This book is as near a literary work as any I've read. A well paced, well written work, engaging, and nearly a page turner. I stayed totally engrossed throughout the entire bo [...]

    Karoline Høgda
    A really good biography. It gives a good introduction into Beckett's life, and contains discussions on the different novels and plays.

    Christopher Brennan
    As the authorized biography Dammed To Fame certainly represents Beckett in a generous light, however it doesn't shy away from more controversial aspects.

    Jeff Buddle
    Now I know what Beckett's favorite whiskey was (Jameson). I know what his second favorite whiskey was as well (Tullamore Dew). James Knowlson's biography is the only one approved by Samuel Beckett himself and probably the only one you really need if you want to know anything about the reluctant Nobel laureate. Beckett told Knowlson that because he probably knew his work more than anyone, he should write his biography. Beckett wouldn't live to see its completion, but after reading "Damned to Fame [...]

    Jan
    Nachdem ich Knowlsons Biographie von Samuel Beckett gekauft hatte stand sie sehr lange im Regal und ich habe mich zunächst nicht so recht getraut, das Buch zur Hand zu nehmen. Das hatte im Wesentlichen zwei Gründe: Zum Einen das nahezu epochale Ausmaß des Werks (über 1.100 seiten, wenn auch nur knapp 880 davon reiner Textteil sind), zum anderen ein Zitat Samuel Becketts auf der Rückseite: "James Knowlson ist der, der mein Werk am besten kennt." Hieraus habe ich (nur zum Teil unberechtigt) g [...]

    Allison Wise
    I should start by saying I love Beckett (I'm writing a portion of my dissertation on him) and I love biographies. But as a read, this biography just didn't do it for me. It is very informative (indeed almost overwhelming in its detail--very little curating of information here), but as a narrative it is not particularly well-shaped or compelling, except for the portion about Beckett's life during the war-time years, which was a page-turner. Perhaps creating an engaging biography was not Knowlson' [...]

    Steven
    At 800 pages and 8 pounds (is that a tree?) this book is physically imposing, not to mention it has Beckett's grizzled mug on the cover. If the personal biographical details are your thing, you'll find plenty here (Becket fought in the resistance during WWII). And if you are interested in his publishing history, especially the challenges he faced getting his work published and produced, you'll find plenty of juicy details encompassing the French literary scene as well as the profanity trials. Gi [...]

    Ronan Mcdonnell
    This book is an exhausting read; daunting by virtue of its size and density, tiring because it makes for compulsive reading.Two aspects of Beckett's life stand out. Firstly he begins life as a young man, travelling broadly with wide horizons. As he ages his travels become clearer cut through familiar scenery, as everything is done to support his work. Beckett's horizons pin him in, forcing him to his desk, as many of his characters are forced into confined contemplation.Second is the arc of his [...]

    Kevin Shannon
    An extensive read, following the path of a latter-day genius from Dubblin childhood to Parisian Nobel laureate. His early life is exciting, working with Joyce and fighting in the French Resistance, but the latter years of fame are somewhat tedious to read, although I am sure were more fun to live. He comes across as rather a shy but engaging character, and likeability makes for a good bography. He is the only Nobel laureate with a mention in Wisden, interesting fact. I would recommend reading hi [...]

    Lorraine
    Very good if you forgive the defensiveness (and some fawning). Very useful if you want a detailed description of Beckett's life and work. Given that Knowlson was a personal friend, defensiveness completely understandable. As admirer can understand fawning too

    Bill Gordon
    Very thorough, very academic, very dry. If you want to learn as much as you can about the life of one of the 20th-century's greatest writers, this book is for you, but be warned, it's very slow going.

    Claire
    If I were a scholar, I would have kept reading. But its detail was too minute for my casual interest. I did appreciate the cautious way that Knowlson handled fiction and biography, allowing biography to comment on fiction, but not the reverse.

    David
    I had picked this book up many years ago, but didn't get around to reading until a couple of years ago. I was interested in th gestation of his works and his work habits. Also interesting is the difference between his pre-fame and his post-fame days.

    Noah
    Exhaustive and worthwhile, but often a grind.

    kasia
    Absolutely incredible.

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