Synopses & Reviews
This revealing collection offers fresh insights into one of the 20th century's greatest, most enigmatic writers.In life, Samuel Beckett was one of the most private of men, preferring to let his writing speak for itself. In this commemorative volume, through interviews with his official biographer, he speaks of his youth, his home and family, his schools in Dublin, his life in Paris as an exchange student from Trinity College Dublin, his early writings, and his war years in the south of France. The second part of the work includes dozens of pieces written about him by those who knew him best, worked with him most closely, or admired him for his enduring influence, among them Edward Albee, Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee, Hume Cronyn, Eug ne Ionesco, Anthony Minghella, Tom Stoppard, and Jessica Tandy. Of special interest are remembrances of Beckett as a young man from fellow students at Trinity College Dublin and from L'Ecole Normale Sup rieure in Paris.For those familiar with Beckett's work, this will enhance their knowledge; for those who are not, it is a revealing introduction to the Nobel Prize-winning author's life and work.
A collection of the notoriously private Beckett's reminiscences about his life and remembrances of Beckett fromthose who knew him.
About the Author
James Knowlson is also the author of Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett among many others. He is the Professor Emeritus at the University of Reading, and, in 2011, he was awarded the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques for “his eminent career devoted to an understanding of European theatre, specifically for his numerous publications on the life and work of the Nobel prize–winner Samuel Beckett, a friend of many years standing, and for his interviews and broadcasts on French radio and television, which have helped to promote the diffusion of the French language and French culture," according to the President of France. He resides in Reading, England.Elizabeth Knowlson lectured in French at the University of Glasgow from 1961 to 1969. After having three children, she resumed her university career as an administrator at the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Reading. She left her post in order to aid her husband with his biography of Beckett and his later books and essays.