Samuel Beckett


Born
in Foxrock (Dublin), Ireland
April 13, 1906

Died
December 22, 1989

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Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.

Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel
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“We are all born mad. Some remain so.”
Samuel Beckett

“Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order.”
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“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages 1952
 
  43 votes, 12.9%

 
  38 votes, 11.4%

Summer by Edith Wharton, 127 pages, 1917
 
  31 votes, 9.3%

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