If you're a new student of Beckett's writing you must try this brilliant book.
So Beckett chose a contradictory technique and became the great minimizer, the great substractor, the master of 'Less is More'.
The fact that there are 125 (!)pages of footnotes makes one wonder where the copyeditor was on this book.
I am not qualified to judge biographies comparatively, and people sometimes have very vehement opinions on the realtive merits of biographies, so here is my personal opinion of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazonian
At the time I wrote my doctoral dissertation on Beckett's novels, back in the early '70s, there was no such thing as a biography of the man, only journalistic gossip and sidelong... Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Michael R. Sawdey
Reading this book was an agonizing experience. I love Beckett's work, but Knowlson's obsequiousness is almost too much to bear. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by Jessica Egan
James Knowlson's scholarly, yet accessible and gripping, biography of Samuel Beckett enables readers to meet the real man behind his poems (e.g. Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Vivien A. Adams
Considering the voluminous experience garnered by his subject, James Knowlson does a good job in this depiction of a great writer and and even greater personality - a life that... Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by Matt Hill
If the scale permitted, I would give Knowlson's biography of Samuel Beckett 4 1/2 stars. It is an impressively thorough, passionate, and scholarly work by an ardent admirer. Read morePublished on March 4, 2006 by Peter Gallo
for Pete's sake.... Boo Hiss. If you know so much about him that you can make the assertions that you make... why didn't you do the job? Read morePublished on January 31, 2002 by godotwaits