My favourite playwright… I wrote my English dissertation on 20th Century Playwrights.

Born Samuel Barclay Beckett
13 April 1906
Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died 22 December 1989 (aged 83)
Paris, France
Pen name Andrew Belis
Occupation Novelist, playwright, poet, theatre director, essayist, literary translator
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin
Genre Drama, fiction, poetry, screenplays, personal correspondence
Literary movement Theatre of the Absurd
Notable works Murphy (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 (1961)
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature
Croix de Guerre
Years active 1929–1989
Spouse Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil (19??–1989; her death)
Samuel Barclay Beckett (/ˈbɛkɪt/; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, poet, and literary translator who lived in Paris for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French.

Beckett’s work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human existence, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humor, and became increasingly minimalist in his later career. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the “Theatre of the Absurd.

Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation”.

quote from Wikipedia.

If you have never heard of him try the small monologue  Not I performed by Billie Whitelaw, whom he regarded as is muse, and am incredible actress in her own right.

I consider his plays bleak and absurd as they are, are the perfect description on the madness the 20th century gave us… And sadly, the 21st century seems to be heading in the same way.


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