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The Resource Parisian Lives

Parisian Lives

Label
Parisian Lives
Title
Parisian Lives
Statement of responsibility
Deirdre Bair
Title variation
Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and me : a memoir
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1971 Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted PhD who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. He agreed that she could write his biography despite never having written - or even read - a biography herself. The next seven years of intimate conversations, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography, which went on to win the National Book Award and propel Deirdre to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other - and lived essentially on the same street. While quite literally dodging one subject or the other, and sometimes hiding out in the backrooms of the great cafés of Paris, Bair learned that what works in terms of process for one biography rarely applies to the next. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile.Drawing on Bair's extensive notes from the period, including never-before-told anecdotes and details that were considered impossible to publish at the time, Parisian Lives is full of personality and warmth and gives us an entirely new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers
Summary
The National Book Award-winning biographer explores her 15-year relationship with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, sharing insights into the biographical nature of their achievements and their long-standing feud against a backdrop of Parisian culture
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
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10824008
Cataloging source
DLC
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Bair, Deirdre
Dewey number
  • 818.5403
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Autobiography
  • Biography
Target audience
adult
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Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and me : a memoir
Label
Parisian Lives
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Control code
BORROWBOX:LSB_734643
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781786492678
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Parisian Lives
Control code
BORROWBOX:LSB_734643
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781786492678
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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