Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett
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Beckett in 1977
BornSamuel Barclay Beckett
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Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died22 December 1989(1989-12-22) (aged 83)
Paris, France
Pen nameAndrew Belis[1]
OccupationNovelist, playwright, poet, theatre director, essayist
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
GenresDrama, fiction, poetry, screenplays, personal correspondence[2]
Literary movementModernism
Notable work(s)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 award(s)Nobel Prize in Literature
Croix de Guerre

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Samuel Beckett (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.

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.


  1. Fathoms from Anywhere – A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition
  2. Muldoon, Paul (12 December 2014). "The Letters and Poems of Samuel Beckett". New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2014.