SAMUEL BECKETT is the first biography of the Nobel Prizewinning novelist and playwright. A monumental work of scholarship - arguably the most important book about Beckett ever published - SAMUEL BECKETT is also fascinating reading. Becketts life hasMoreSAMUEL BECKETT is the first biography of the Nobel Prizewinning novelist and playwright.
A monumental work of scholarship - arguably the most important book about Beckett ever published - SAMUEL BECKETT is also fascinating reading. Becketts life has been as rich as his writing is spare, and Deirdre Bair tells his story superbly: the upper-middle-class Irish childhood- the early years in Paris and Becketts complex relationship to Joyce- the psychological anguish of his apprenticeship, poured out by Beckett in more than 300 remarkable, heretofore-unknown letters to a confidant, Thomas McGreevy- Becketts heroic service with the French Resistance, also unknown till now- the siege in the room, that extraordinary period after the Second World War during which Beckett created the first masterpieces that would make him world famous- Becketts increasing involvement with the theatre and his desperate attempts to guard his privacy against the encroachments of celebrity.SAMUEL BECKETT chronicles Becketts tumultuous relationship with his family, recounts the psychosomatic illnesses that have often kept him from writing, and traces (where they exist) the autobiographical strains in his work.
The book tells of his relationships with publishers, actors, directors, and friends. Above all, it portrays Beckett himself, the poet of despair, the angular, enigmatic artist who, in the words of his Nobel Prize citation, has transmuted the destitution of modern man into his exaltation.When Deirdre Bair began the research for this book, Beckett said he would not authorize it nor would he read it before it was published.
To friends he wrote, I am sure Mrs. Bair is a serious scholar and is out to do a fine book. I will neither help nor hinder her. After literally hundreds of interviews and years of research in Ireland, England, France, Italy, Spain, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States, after correspondence with people living on every continent, Deirdre Bair has produced a book that is everything a scholar or a reader could hope for: SAMUEL BECKETT is one of the remarkable literary biographies of our time.Deirdre Bair received her B.A.
from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a journalist on newspapers and magazines before returning to academic life and taking a M.A. and Ph.D. at Columbia University. She has taught at Trinity College (Connecticut) and Yale University, and teaches now in the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania.
She is married, has two children, and lives in Connecticut.(Taken from the inside jacket material of the First Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Edition, 1978.)