Samuel Beckett

Irish novelist, playwright, and poet (1906-1989)

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

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
Pen nameAndrew Belis[1]
OccupationNovelist, playwright, poet, theatre director, essayist, literary translator
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
GenreDrama, fiction, poetry, screenplays, personal correspondence[2]
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 most best-known play is Waiting For Godot. It has often been acted on stage and has been on TV.

Beckett was stabbed in Paris in 1938. He died of emphysema in the city in 1989.

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

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


  1. "Fathoms from Anywhere – A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition". Archived from the original on 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  2. Muldoon, Paul (12 December 2014). "The Letters and Poems of Samuel Beckett". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2014.