“If anyone could know this private man, Knowlson does. And tells.” Time
Damned to Fame
The Life of Samuel Beckett
978-0-8021-4125-5 • $22.00 • Paperback • May 2004
Damned to Fame is the brilliant and insightful portrait of Nobel Prizewinning author Samuel Beckett, mysterious and reclusive master of twentieth-century literature. Professor James Knowlson, Beckett’s chosen biographer and a leading authority on Beckett, vividly re-creates Beckett’s life from his birth in a rural suburb of Dublin in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989, revealing the real man behind the literary giant. Scrupulously researched and filled with previously unknown information garnered from interviews with the author and his friends, family, and contemporaries, Knowlson’s unparalleled work is the definitive Beckett biography of our time.