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Samuel Beckett

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Intensely private, possibly saintly, but perhaps misanthropic, Samuel Beckett was the most legendary and enigmatic of writers. Anthony Cronin's biography is a revelation of this mythical figure as fully human and fallible, while confirming his enormous stature both as a man and a writer. Cronin explores how the sporty schoolboy of solid Protestant bourgeois stock became a ...more
Paperback, 645 pages
Published May 7th 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published October 7th 1996)
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Mike Feher
Cronin is to be commended for providing an unmaudlin look at an artist's life which by all accounts is anything but. Beckett's various pains in the world - whether psychosomatic or real - are well-accounted for, and one cannot help but think that the shy and bitter recluse of Beckett was indeed reaching for a world in which he imagined some form of happiness for himself, but could not articulate it. Cronin (blessed with an excellent vocabulary which he uses to great effect to support the book bu ...more
Jan 31, 2008 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book opened my mind up to Sarte and Schopenhauer and instilled further regret that I did not visit Beckett in Paris in 1986
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Born in 1928, Anthony Cronin is an Irish poet, novelist, biographer, literary critic, commentator and arts activist.
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