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Knowlson, James

Overview
Works: 65 works in 351 publications in 9 languages and 7,792 library holdings
Genres: Tragicomedies  Biography  History  Biographies  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Interviews  Art  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Redactor
Classifications: PR6003.E282, 842.91
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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 )

58 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,893 WorldCat member 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
Images of Beckett by James Knowlson( )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Chinese and held by 1,771 WorldCat member 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
Universal language schemes in England and France, 1600-1800 by James Knowlson( Book )

20 editions published between 1975 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cover"--"Contents" -- "Acknowledgments" -- "Introduction" -- "1 A language of real characters: the intellectual background" -- "The first language of mankind" -- "From secret to universal writing" -- "Languages, language, and real studies" -- "2 Early schemes for a common writing" -- "3 The philosophical language" -- "Descartes and Mersenne" -- "The universal character as a mirror of reality" -- "John Wilkins's 'real character and philosophical language'" -- "A brief look at Leibniz" -- "4 Ideal languages in the imaginary voyage" -- "5 The eighteenth century: origins of language, general grammar, and a universal language" -- "6 Pasigraphy in the 1790s" -- "7 Signs and thought" -- "8 The Idéologues and the perfect language" -- "Appendix A: Gesture as a form of universal language" -- "Appendix B: Checklist of schemes of universal writing and language in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries" -- "Notes" -- "Bibliography" -- "Index" -- "A" -- "B" -- "C" -- "D" -- "E" -- "F" -- "G" -- "H" -- "I" -- "J" -- "K" -- "L" -- "M" -- "N" -- "O" -- "P" -- "R" -- "S" -- "T" -- "U" -- "V" -- "W
Frescoes of the skull : the later prose and drama of Samuel Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Happy days : the production notebook of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett remembering, remembering Beckett : a centenary celebration by Samuel Beckett( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first half is comprised of interviews with Samuel Beckett. The second half contains reflections on him by various people
The shorter plays : with revised texts for Footfalls, Come and go, and What where by Samuel Beckett( Book )

47 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member 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
Waiting for Godot : tragicomedy in 2 acts by Samuel Beckett( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member 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 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett remembering, remembering Beckett : uncollected interviews with Samuel Beckett and memories of those who knew him by Samuel Beckett( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews met en meningen van tijdgenoten over de Iers-Franse schrijver
Oh les beaux jours : [Paris, Odéon-Théâtre de France, 21 octobre 1963] ; (suivi de) Pas moi : [Paris, Théâtre d'Orsay, 8 avril 1975] by Samuel Beckett( Book )

21 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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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 165 WorldCat member 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 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notfilm( Visual )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the making and meaning of Film, a 1965 short film starring Buster Keaton, that was written by Samuel Beckett, directed by Alan Schneider, and produced by Barney Rosset. Topics covered include the circumstances leading to the film's production, the production process itself, and the film's critical reception. Includes outtakes, never-before-heard audio recordings of production meetings, interviews, and other archival information
Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in French and Polish and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographie du prix Nobel irlandais par un de ses proches qui a eu accès à des archives familiales inédites. On y voit un écrivain très humain, très marqué par la mort de son père, culpabilisé par sa double vie, humble et en désarroi
Beckett Remembering by James Knowlson( )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member 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
Beckett Erinnerung( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in German and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett by James Knowlson( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in French and Italian and held by 38 WorldCat member 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 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett at eighty : a celebration( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in Undetermined and English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett
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Images of BeckettFrescoes of the skull : the later prose and drama of Samuel BeckettHappy days : the production notebook of Samuel BeckettBeckett remembering, remembering Beckett : a centenary celebrationThe shorter plays : with revised texts for Footfalls, Come and go, and What whereWaiting for Godot : tragicomedy in 2 actsBeckett remembering, remembering Beckett : uncollected interviews with Samuel Beckett and memories of those who knew him
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