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Detailed early life and education with clear links to Beckett's work, make it highly useful for the teacher of Beckett's work set for NSW HSC. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shirley prescott
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. Read morePublished 9 months ago by William K. Dearth
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 on May 25, 2013 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