27 April 2008

Samuel Beckett: an illustrated life

This short biographical study offers an introduction to Beckett's amazingly difficult yet consistent life, which was unrelenting devoted to creativity. It's written by an expert, and presented in a very attractive manner with archive photographs on almost every page. Beckett is a well-known author, but not much is generally known about his personal life. He avoided interviews and shunned publicity - even sending his publisher to collect his Nobel Prize. This short book isn't an attempt to deliver a full scale biography (that has already been done by Deirdre Blair, Anthony Cronin, and James Knowlson) but it offers a potted account of his life accompanied by the most original set of photographs that I have ever seen - some from his personal life, and others from stage productions... Read more >>

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