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(Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett.pdf) Damned to Fame is the brilliant and insightful portrait of Nobel Prize winning author Samuel Beckett mysterious and reclusive master of twentieth century literature Professor James Knowlson Beckett s chosen biographer and a leading authority on Beckett vividly recreates Beckett s life from his birth in a rural suburb of Dublin in to his death in Paris in revealing the real man behind the literary giant Scrupulously researched and filled with previously unknown information garnered from interviews with the author and his friends family and contemporaries Knowlson s unparalleled work is the definitive Beckett biography of our time br br Nearing the end of his life Samuel Beckett chose James Knowlson to be his biographer because he knows my work best One of the world s leading authorities on Beckett Knowlson has drawn on his twenty year friendship with the Nobel Prize winner more than one hundred interviews and research in dozens of archival collections many previously untapped by scholars to produce this definitive biography of one of the century s leading writers in both English and French br br Damned to Fame follows the reclusive literary giant s life from his birth in Foxrock a rural suburb of Dublin in to his death in Paris in Knowlson brilliantly re creates Beckett s early years as a struggling author in Paris his travels through Germany in as the Nazis were consolidating their power his service in the French Resistance during World War II and the years of literary fame and financial success that followed the first performance of his controversial Waiting For Godot br br Paris between the wars was a city vibrant with experimentation both in the arts and in personal lifestyle and Knowlson introduces us to the writers and painters who along with the young Beckett populated his bohemian community Most notable was James Joyce a fellow Irishman who became Beckett s friend and mentor and influenced him to devote his life to writing We also meet the women in Beckett s life his domineering mother May his cousin Peggy Sinclair who died at a tragically young age Ethna McCarthy his first love whom he immortalized in his poetry and prose Peggy Guggenheim the American heiress and patron of the arts and the strong and independent Suzanne Deschevaux Dumesnil whom he met in the late s and married in br Beyond recounting many previously unknown aspects of the writer s life including his strong support for human rights and other political causes Knowlson explores in fascinating detail the roots of Beckett s works He shows not only how the relationship between Beckett s own experiences and his work became more oblique over time but also how his startling postmodern images were inspired by the paintings of the Old Masters such as Antonello da Messina Durer Rembrandt and Caravaggio br br Perhaps most striking of all is Knowlson s portrait of Beckett s complex personality Although Beckett is often depicted as melancholic self critical and intensely preoccupied with his work his own letters reveal him to have been also a witty resilient and compassionate man who could respond to adversity with humor and who inspired deep affection in his friends br br brDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett books for multiple devices.