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Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett: A Centenary Celebration Hardcover – January 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; First Edition edition (January 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559707720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559707725
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) wrote that we are all "born astride the grave." Now on the centenary of the absurd dramatist and writer's birth, noted Beckett scholar and biographer Knowlson and his wife offer a valuable literary memorial. As the title suggests, the book is a collection of the notoriously private Beckett's reminiscences about his life and remembrances of Beckett from scholars and those who knew, worked or were impacted by him. The abundant glimpses Beckett provides are remarkable for their openness as much as their scarcity: these pieces, drawn from Knowlson's interview transcripts, haven't appeared elsewhere and cover topics like his friendship with painter Jack Yeats ("I think he thought he was the only painter.") and his doomed teaching career ("I didn't intend to be a writer. That only came later when I found out that I was no good at all at teaching."). Childhood friends, family members and a who's who of literary and theater heavyweights-Edward Albee, J.M. Coetzee, Jessica Tandy, Martin Esslin, Ruby Cohn, Billie Whitelaw-contribute memories, stories or essays. Organized chronologically, the anthology includes a chapter on Beckett as a theater director and an appendix containing notes on Beckett's lectures on Racine during his stint at Trinity College. Formatted like George Plimpton's biographies of Edie Sedgwick and Truman Capote or Legs McNeil's oral histories of punk and porn, Knowlson's Beckett tribute straddles the absurdist's immortality.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Owen on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is very useful for scholars working on Beckett and also for the more casual reader. I particularly like the Knwolsons' reprinting of some important critical works on Beckett that they feel have been neglected in Beckett studies. I also liked J. M. Coetzee's short piece on Beckett.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Hoyt on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
while this book does have some really interesting parts in it i felt that some of it was either rehash or simply stuff I couldn't care less for (Beckett as a golfer for example).It's sad that all the interviews with Beckett are pre-WWII because I'd really like to hear his thoughts on the trilogy,Godot,so on. Beckett's thoughts on the Joyces are really interesting and the rare photos throughout the book are great as well, many I'm sure can only be found here.I'm actually only half way though this book so these are only my thoughts so far but I'd recommend picking up a Beckett bio before this book (I can recommend the one by Deidre Bair since I've read it).
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