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Images of Beckett

Images of Beckett

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521822589

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    About the Authors
    • Images of Beckett combines 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 unknown portraits of Beckett himself. Haynes was privileged to be present at the Royal Court Theatre, London, when Beckett directed his own plays. Amongst the 75 plates are compositions that include the leading interpreters of the plays. Knowlson's first essay combines a verbal portrait of Beckett with a personal memoir of the writer; the second considers the influence of paintings that Beckett loved or admired on his theatrical imagery; and the third offers a detailed, often first-hand, account of Beckett's work as a director of his own plays. The essays are the result of personal conversations with Beckett and attendance at rehearsals, and provide a privileged glimpse into the world of one of the theatre's most influential and enduring playwrights.

      • 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

      '… these theatre photos are among the most resonant of the past century … Haynes doesn't so much snap a production as x-ray its heart … Biographer Knowlson examines Beckett's character … visual influences and directorial working method in three beautiful essays that go well beyond the merely dutiful in this tremendous picture book.' Plays International

      'A stunning collection …' London Review of Books

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      Product details

      • Date Published: September 2003
      • format: Hardback
      • isbn: 9780521822589
      • length: 174 pages
      • dimensions: 197 x 257 x 20 mm
      • weight: 0.728kg
      • contains: 81 b/w illus.
      • availability: Unavailable - out of print September 2011
    • 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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