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Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989)

Nationality: Irish Periods: Irish: 20th Century

Novelist and playwright, best known for Waiting for Godot, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

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Collected Plays of Samuel Beckett

Collected Stories of Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot


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Beckett Timeline
This extremely detailed chronology breaks Samuel Beckett’s life down firs by year and then reflects items in his life and events, materials that he is working on, and items that he publishes.
Contains: Timeline
Keywords: life, history, biography
[Chapter One]
This first chapter from a biography on Beckett discusses the author’s childhood.
Contains: Extensive Bio
Author: Anthony Cronin
From: Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist Chapter 1; HarperCollinsPublishers: 1997
Samuel Beckett is Dead at 83; His ‘Godot’ Changed Theater
“Samuel Beckett, a towering figure in drama and fiction who altered the course of contemporary theater, died in Paris on Friday at the age of 83. He died of respiratory problems in a Paris hospital, where he had been moved from a nursing home. He was buried yesterday at the Montparnasse cemetery after a private funeral.”
Contains: Obituary
Author: Mel Gussow
From: The New York Times December 27, 1989
Short Biography of Samuel Beckett
“Samuel Barclay Beckett was born without difficulty at Cooldrinach in Foxrock, County Dublin, on 13 April 1906, but grew old enough to fill the air with many different cries.”
Contains: Full Bio, Pictures
Author: Benjamin Strong
Keywords: life, history, biography

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“News and Reviews From the Archives of The New York Times.”
Contains: Commentary
From: The New York Times on the Web
The Nobel Prize for Literature–1969
“Mix a powerful imagination with a logic in absurdum, and the result will be either a paradox or an Irishman. If it is an Irishman, you will get the paradox into the bargain. Even the Nobel Prize in Literature is sometimes divided. Paradoxically, this has happened in 1969, a single award being addressed to one man, two languages and a third nation, itself divided.”
Contains: Awards
Author: Karl Ragnar Gierow
From: Nobel Foundation
The Samuel Beckett Endpage
“Begun 26 November 1996, The Samuel Beckett Endpage is intended as a multiple resource site for all those interested in the life and works of Samuel Beckett.”
Contains: Full Bio, Pictures, Commentary, Criticism, Webliography
Author: Porter Abbott and Benjamin Strong
The Samuel Beckett On-Line Resources and Links Page
This page on Samuel Beckett allows you to access reviews of his works, reviews of books about him, articles and papers discussing his works, interviews, online texts, and many more resources on Beckett.
Contains: Criticism, Commentary, Sketch, Pictures, Bibliography, Webliography, Works Available, Interview

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013