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Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett

A Celebration

Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett( )
Author: Beckett, Samuel
Editor: Knowlson, James
Knowlson, Elizabeth
ISBN:978-1-61145-875-6
Publication Date:Jan 2014
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Imprint:Arcade Publishing
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $14.95
Book Description:

In life, Beckett was notoriously reticent, preferring to let his work speak for itself. In the first half of this collection, he reveals many of his inner thoughts and honest opinions about his life, writing, friends, and colleagues in candid interviews published for the first time in this book. He discusses his friendship with James Joyce and his role in the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France. Also included are newly discovered photographs of Beckett--as a young boy,...
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Book Details
Pages:336
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Criticism / European / French
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1 Inches
Book Weight:0.91 Pounds
Author Biography
Beckett, Samuel (Author)
Nobel Prize winner (1969) Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906 near Dublin, Ireland into a middle-class Protestant family. As a boy, he studied French and enjoyed cricket, tennis, and boxing. At Trinity College he continued his studies in French and Italian and became interested in theater and film, including American film.

After graduation, Beckett taught English in Paris and traveled through France and Germany. While in Paris Beckett met Suzanne Deschevaus-Dusmesnil. During World War II when Paris was invaded, they joined the Resistance. They were later forced to flee Paris after being betrayed to the Gestapo, but returned in 1945. Beckett and Deschevaus-Dusmesnil married in 1961.

Samuel Beckett's first novel was Dream of Fair to Middling Women. Among his many works are Murphy; Malone Dies; and The Unnameable. His plays include Endgame, Happy Days, Not I, That Time, and Krapp's Last Tape.

In 1953, the production of Waiting For Godot in Paris by director and actor Roger Blin earned Beckett international fame. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. His style was postmodern minimalist and some of his major themes were imprisonment in one's self, the failure of language, and moral conduct in a godless world.

Despite his fame, Samuel Beckett led a secluded life. In his later years he suffered from cataracts and emphysema. His wife Suzanne died on July 17, 1989 and Beckett died on December 22nd of the same year.

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