A Bio/Memoir, or seven years of working with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir

OCT 16, 2017 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




October 16, 2017: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Center for the Study of Women and Society and WWWL: A Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture


Deirdre Bair was a newly minted Ph.D. who thought she was going to write a critical study of Samuel Beckett. One thing led to another, and she--who had never read biography--suddenly found herself writing one. Her talk will describe the privilege (and the trials and tribulations) of working with two living subjects. It will include her coming of age as a scholar and feminist, and why now is the proper time to tell these stories. 
Deirdre Bair is the critically acclaimed author of award winning biographies; Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, C. G. Jung, Saul Steinberg and Al Capone. She is also the author of the cultural study, Calling it Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over.  Her innumerable, prestigious prizes include the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett
Co-sponsored with the Leon Levy Center for Bibliography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, The Center for the Humanities, and The Feminist Press.