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Parisian lives : Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and me : a memoir / Deirdre Bair.

Bair, Deirdre, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780385542456
  • ISBN: 0385542453
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese / Doubleday, 2019.

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"National Book Award-winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her fifteen remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art. In 1971 Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. 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 cafes 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 give us an entirely new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers"-- Provided by publisher.
"A memoir of the author's experience writing biographies of Samuel Beckett ans Simone de Beauvoir"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    *Starred Review* Bair had no idea of what she was getting herself into when she decided to leave journalism for literature. Married with two children when she entered graduate school, her fascination with Samuel Beckett and his work inspired her to leap into biography, a literary endeavor she knew nothing about. In this gripping "bio-memoir," Bair candidly, dramatically, and sometimes bemusedly recounts the shocking adversity, both devious and outright vicious, that she encountered throughout the seven long years she worked diligently on her groundbreaking book. She chronicles difficult separations from her family, conducting hundreds of interviews, exhausting struggles for funding, the cruelty of turf-defending academics, and, at every turn, rampant sexism. Though she won the National Book Award, Bair decided that she would never write another biography. Yet, as she records in this riveting tale of literary courage, she spent an arduous decade portraying Simone de Beauvoir. Bubbling with piquant profiles, astounding anecdotes, and illuminating insights into the ethics of and obstacles to biography, Bair's look-back makes all the more remarkable her subsequent and exceptional biographies of Anaïs Nin, Carl Jung, Saul Steinberg, and Al Capone. A zippy biographer's tale in sync with Shoot the Widow (2007) by Meryle Secrest, The Shadow in the Garden (2017) by James Atlas, and This Long Pursuit (2017) by Richard Holmes. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

DEIRDRE BAIR received the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography. Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and Carl Jung were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Simone de Beauvoir biography was chosen by The New York Times as a Best Book of the Year. Her biographies of Anaïs Nin and Saul Steinberg were both New York Times Notable Books. Her most recent book is Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend.

Subject: Bair, Deirdre.
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 > Psychology.
Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986 > Psychology.
Bair, Deirdre.
Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986.
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989.
Women authors, American > Biography.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
Autobiography > Women authors.
Biography as a literary form.
Authors, American.
Autobiography > Women authors.
Biography as a literary form.
Women authors, American.
Genre: Biography.
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