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Beckett Remembering: Remembering Beckett: Uncollected Interviews with Samuel Beckett and Memories of Those Who Knew Him Hardcover – 6 Mar 2006

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747578826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747578826
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for DAMNED TO FAME: 'A landmark in scholarly criticism Knowlson is the world's leading Beckett scholar. His life is right up there with George Painter's Proust and Richard Ellman's Joyce in sensitivity and fascination' Daily Telegraph 'A triumph of scholarship and sympathy' Independent 'The depth of detail is formidable, and instantly puts other Beckett biographies in the shade' Sunday Times 'Unlikely ever to be superseded Completely absorbing' Spectator

About the Author

James Knowlson is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Reading where he founded the Beckett Archive (now the Beckett International Foundation). He was a friend of Samuel Beckett for twenty years and is his authorised biographer, publishing Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett with Bloomsbury in 1996. He has written or edited many other books and essays on Beckett and modern drama, including most recently Images of Beckett with theatre photographer John Haynes. Dr 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 in the University of Reading, before leaving her post to assist her husband with his biography of Beckett and his later books and essays.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Byrne on 7 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Firstly the title of this book cleverly captures exactly what you get : quotes from Beckett himself, 'remembering' his own life, presented alongside quotes from those who knew Beckett, 'remembering' their experiences of him.

The format works very well, taking the reader chronologically through Beckett's life, offering multiple perspectives and achieving a balanced account throughout.

The calibre and range of contributors is excellent ; only those who knew Beckett personally have been chosen. From their reminiscences emerges a wonderful normality of understanding of Beckett the person, as distinct from Beckett the inaccessible author.

Jan Jonson's account of directing 'Godot' in San Quentin gives a special insight into Beckett's humanity and the power of his work to profoundly touch people.

This is an excellent read for anyone interested in Beckett and is particularly suitable as a general introduction to his work.
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