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Knowlson, James

Works: 65 works in 325 publications in 9 languages and 7,552 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Tragicomedies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Art  Portraits  Pictorial works  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewer
Classifications: PR6003.E282, 842.91
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Most widely held works by James Knowlson
Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )
53 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,964 libraries worldwide
Damned to Fame follows the reclusive literary giant's life from his birth in Foxrock, a rural suburb of Dublin, in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989. Knowlson brilliantly re-creates Beckett's early years as a struggling author in Paris, his travels through Germany in 1936-37 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 (1953). 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 this 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 MacCarthy, 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 1930s and married in 1961. 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
Frescoes of the skull : the later prose and drama of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )
16 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 478 libraries worldwide
Happy days : the production notebook of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett( Book )
16 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 471 libraries worldwide
Universal language schemes in England and France, 1600-1800 by James Knowlson( Book )
16 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and Japanese and held by 453 libraries worldwide
Krapp's last tape : with a revised text by Samuel Beckett( Book )
45 editions published between 1989 and 1994 in English and held by 395 libraries worldwide
Beckett remembering, remembering Beckett : a centenary celebration by Samuel Beckett( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 391 libraries worldwide
The first half is comprised of interviews with Samuel Beckett. The second half is reflections on him by various people
Images of Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Chinese and held by 370 libraries worldwide
"Images of Beckett sets John Haynes' unique repertoire of photographs of Beckett's dramatic opus alongside three newly written essays by Beckett's biographer and friend, James Knowlson. Haynes captures images of Beckett's work in progress and performance and includes hitherto unseen portraits of Beckett himself. Haynes was privileged to be present at the Royal Court Theatre in London when Beckett directed his own plays. Among the 75 photographs are compositions that include the leading interpreters of the plays
Waiting for Godot : tragicomedy in 2 acts by Samuel Beckett( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 319 libraries worldwide
A reproduction of Samuel Beckett's original theatrical notebook for his play "Waiting for Godot" that includes his directorial notes, extensive revisions, and notes on his methods and techniques
Light and darkness in the theatre of Samuel Beckett; text of a public lecture delivered at Trinity College, Dublin, on February 7th, 1972 by James Knowlson( Book )
11 editions published in 1972 in English and Italian and held by 184 libraries worldwide
Beckett remembering, remembering Beckett : uncollected interviews with Samuel Beckett and memories of those who knew him by Samuel Beckett( Book )
15 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
Interviews met en meningen van tijdgenoten over de Iers-Franse schrijver
Oh les beaux jours (Happy days) : pièce en deux actes by Samuel Beckett( Book )
20 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 174 libraries worldwide
Folger Theatre Group, Richard Crinkley director, Samuel Beckett "Happy Days," directed by Louis Scheeder, with Mimi Norton Salamanca and Scott Schofield, designed by Kenneth Dresser, costumes by Miriam Daly, RFCJ, stage manager Laura Fieldsteel, assistant director Dona Willis Scheeder
Samuel Beckett, Krapp's last tape : a theatre workbook by Samuel Beckett( Book )
11 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Samuel Beckett: an exhibition held at Reading University Library, May to July 1971 by James Knowlson( Book )
3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Samuel Beckett : eine Biographie by James Knowlson( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 84 libraries worldwide
Betr. u. a. zwei Aufenthalte Samuel Becketts in Bern
Beckett Erinnerung ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in German and held by 49 libraries worldwide
The Beckett country : an exhibition for Samuel Beckett's eightieth birthday by Eoin O'Brien( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
The shorter plays : with revised texts for Footfalls, Come and go, and What where by Samuel Beckett( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 22 libraries worldwide
"From the mid-1960s, Samuel Beckett himself directed all his major plays in Berlin, Paris or London. For most of these productions he meticulously prepared notebooks for his personal use."--BOOK JACKET. "The Theatrical Notebooks of Beckett that are reproduced in facsimile here offer a remarkable record of his own involvement with the staging of his texts. They present his solutions to practical problems of staging but also provide a unique insight into his way of envisaging his own plays."--BOOK JACKET. "With additional information taken from Beckett's own annotated and corrected copies, the editors of the Theatrical Notebooks have also been able to constitute a revised text for each of the major plays."--Jacket
Beckett at eighty : a celebration ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Beckett Remembering by James Knowlson( file )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
This revealing collection offers fresh insights into one of the 20th century's greatest, most enigmatic writers. In life, Samuel Beckett was one of the most private of men, preferring to let his writing speak for itself. In this commemorative volume, through interviews with his official biographer, he speaks of his youth, his home and family, his schools in Dublin, his life in Paris as an exchange student from Trinity College Dublin, his early writings, and his war years in the south of France. The second part of the work includes dozens of pieces written about him by those who knew him b
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Alternative Names
Knowlson, James
ノウルソン, ジェイムズ
English (232)
French (11)
German (7)
Japanese (4)
Italian (4)
Dutch (2)
Chinese (1)
Polish (1)
Multiple languages (1)
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