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Knowlson, James

Overview
Works: 57 works in 319 publications in 9 languages and 7,469 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Drama  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Art  Portraits  Pictorial works  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewer
Classifications: PR6003.E282, 842.91
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Publications about James Knowlson
Publications by James Knowlson
Most widely held works about James Knowlson
 
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 2007 in 7 languages and held by 1,970 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 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 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
Happy days : a play in two acts by Samuel Beckett( Book )
37 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 648 libraries worldwide
"Two characters--a woman buried up to her waist in the first act and up to her neck in the second, and a man who revolves around the mound in which she is placed--probe the tenuous connections that hold people to people and people to the universe in Happy Days"--Cover
Frescoes of the skull : the later prose and drama of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )
15 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 479 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 450 libraries worldwide
Beckett remembering, remembering Beckett : a centenary celebration by James Knowlson( Book )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 397 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 )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Chinese and held by 368 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
Krapp's last tape : and other dramatic pieces by Samuel Beckett( Book )
25 editions published between 1980 and 1992 in English and held by 325 libraries worldwide
Krapp's last tape is a monologue of a man who, after 30 years, plays back the autobiographical tape he had recorded on his 39th birthday. All that fall is about the pilgrimage of an old Irish woman to meet her blind, grumbling husband at the train. In Embers, an old man and his wife ramble on and on. In Act without words I, a man responds to inviting off-stage whistles only to be thrown back from the wings. Act without words II has two men emerging from sacks to perform corresponding motions of living
Waiting for Godot : tragicomedy in 2 acts by Samuel Beckett( Book )
14 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 321 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 )
12 editions published in 1972 in English and Italian and held by 185 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 183 libraries worldwide
Interviews met en meningen van tijdgenoten over de Iers-Franse schrijver
Samuel Beckett: an exhibition held at Reading University Library, May to July 1971 by James Knowlson( Book )
8 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 174 libraries worldwide
Samuel Beckett, Krapp's last tape : a theatre workbook ( Book )
6 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 156 libraries worldwide
The theatrical notebooks of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett( Book )
19 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and German and held by 90 libraries worldwide
Samuel Beckett : eine Biographie by James Knowlson( Book )
5 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 theatrical notebooks by Samuel Beckett( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 26 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
The theatrical notebooks by Samuel Beckett( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 18 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
Languages
English (235)
French (11)
German (9)
Japanese (5)
Italian (4)
Chinese (1)
Polish (1)
Multiple languages (1)
Dutch (1)
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