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Images of Beckett

Images of Beckett

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    • Photographs of Samuel Beckett by John Haynes, one of the leading theater photographers in the field, appear here with three new essays by Beckett's biographer and friend, James Knowlson. Haynes' photographs include previously unpublished studies of Beckett in addition to productions and rehearsals. Knowlson's first essay combines a verbal portrait of Beckett with a personal memoir of the writer. The second essay considers the influence of paintings on his theatrical imagery while the third offers a detailed account of Beckett's work as a director of his own plays. James Knowlson was the original founder of the Beckett archive (now the International Beckett Foundation) at the University of Reading, which also houses the Beckett Collection, now the world's largest collection of Beckett resources. Knowlson's previous publications include Frescoes of the Skull: The Later Prose and Drama of Samuel Beckett (Grove, 1980) and the highly praised biography Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (Simon & Schuster, 1999). John Haynes was privileged to work alongside Beckett as photographer in residence at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1970s, when Beckett was directing his plays. Haynes continues to work with the leading directors and actors of British contemporary theatre.

      • Gathers valuable photos of Beckett, many never before published, in rehearsal and famous productions. Photos by John Haynes: one of the most well-known theatre photographers in the field
      • Lively essays by James Knowlson: well-known Beckett biographer and personal friend of the playwright
      • Will be of interest to theatre lovers and theatre scholars alike; accessible but full of new and important information
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      Reviews & endorsements

      "This is a worthy volume, fascinating, not heavy-handed, and the pictures from Beckett's various plays, not to say his astonishing face, are a trip."
      L.W. Milam, The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

      "For those interested in Beckett's complex dialogue with art, Images of Beckett is richly rewarding."
      American Theatre

      "It offers a fresh look at a writer about whom much has already been written."
      Irish America

      "...a major contribution to the way we see modernism... the photos show us not only what Beckett's plays looked like in their original production, but also what Beckett had wanted them to look like. They are the closest we can get to seeing the plays realized in the way he had envisaged them today."
      James Joyce Literary Supplement

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      Product details

      • Date Published: February 2005
      • format: Adobe eBook Reader
      • isbn: 9780511075476
      • contains: 81 b/w illus.
      • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
    • Table of Contents

      Preface and Acknowledgements
      List of Illustrations
      1. A Portrait of Beckett
      2. Images of Beckett
      3. Beckett as Director

    • Photographs by

      John Haynes
      John Haynes' previous book Taking the Stage with an introduction by Lindsay Anderson has become a classic of theatre photography. He was privileged to work alongside Samuel Beckett when he was directing his plays at the Royal Court Theatre in the seventies and John was photographer in residence. Haynes continues to work with the leading directors and actors of British contemporary theatre.

      Text by

      James Knowlson, University of Reading
      James Knowlson is the author of the major Beckett biography, Damned to Fame. The Life of Samuel Beckett (Bloomsbury, 1996). He is also the author of ten other books on or editions of Beckett. He was a personal friend of Samuel Beckett for twenty years.

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