Samuel Beckett

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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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Polls

February 2016 Monthly Short Story Poll

1942, The Stranger by Albert Camus, 123 pages
 
  27 votes, 17.4%

1915, The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, 98 pages
 
  25 votes, 16.1%

1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell, 102 pages
 
  24 votes, 15.5%

1937, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 103 pages
 
  18 votes, 11.6%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  17 votes, 11.0%

 
  9 votes, 5.8%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.2%

1936, Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.5%

1960, Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges, 96 pages
 
  6 votes, 3.9%

1912, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 96 pages
 
  6 votes, 3.9%

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