Samuel Beckett

Nobel-winning Irish writer (1906–1989)

Samuel Barclay Beckett (/ˈbɛkɪt/; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish writer. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. Becket wrote novels, plays and poetry. He also translated other famous works of literature. He was given the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.[2]

Samuel Beckett
Beckett in 1977
Beckett in 1977
BornSamuel Barclay Beckett
(1906-04-13)13 April 1906
Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died22 December 1989(1989-12-22) (aged 83)
Paris, France
OccupationNovelist, playwright, poet, theatre director, essayist, literary translator
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
GenreDrama, fiction, poetry, screenplays, personal correspondence[1]
Notable worksMurphy (1938)
Molloy (1951)
Malone Dies (1951)
The Unnamable (1953)
Waiting for Godot (1953)
Watt (1953)
Endgame (1957)
Krapp's Last Tape (1958)
How It Is (1960)
Happy Days (play) (1960)
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Literature
Croix de Guerre
Years active1929–1989
SpouseSuzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil (1961–1989; her death)


His best-known play is Waiting For Godot. It has often been acted on stage and on TV.

Beckett was stabbed in Paris in 1938.[3]

He died of breathing problems in Paris in 1989.[4]

Many writers of plays (playwrights) and others think he is one of the most important writers of the 20th century.[5] There have been many books written about him.

His books are often about people going through hard times and seeing life as both sad and funny.

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  1. Muldoon, Paul (12 December 2014). "The Letters and Poems of Samuel Beckett". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  2. "Beckett, Samuel". Oxford Reference - The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  3. "When Samuel Beckett was stabbed by a pimp". Time News. 2022-08-13. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  4. Gussow, Mel (1989-12-27). "Samuel Beckett Is Dead at 83; His 'Godot' Changed Theater". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  5. "Samuel Beckett". Poetry Foundation. 2023-01-30. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  6. "Playwrights and their stage works". Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. A German version He Joe was broadcast first in 1966. Knowlson, J., Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (London: Bloomsbury, 1996), p 535