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Damned to Fame by James Knowlson
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At 800 pages and 8 pounds (is that a tree?) this book is physically imposing, not to mention it has Beckett's grizzled mug on the cover. If the personal biographical details are your thing, you'll find plenty here (Becket fought in the resistance during WWII). And if you are interested in his publishing history, especially the challenges he faced getting his work published and produced, you'll find plenty of juicy details encompassing the French literary scene as well as the profanity trials. Given the nature of Beckett's work what I was most hoping to gain more insight about was the origin and development of his themes and techniques. There's a fair amount of that seeded throughout the 800 pages, but Beckett was always tight-lipped regarding those topics, so I'd give it three-stars for that aspect. Deserves more, though, for the quality of its scholarship and the sheer amount of biographical information.
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April 24, 2008 – Shelved
May 8, 2008 – Shelved as: literary-criticism
May 8, 2008 – Shelved as: irish
May 8, 2008 – Shelved as: beckett
January 5, 2015 – Shelved as: biography

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