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Samuel Beckett
Beckett in 1977
Beckett in 1977
Born Samuel Barclay Beckett
(1906-04-13)13 April 1906
Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland
Died 22 December 1989(1989-12-22) (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
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 (1960)
Happy Days (play) (1960)
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Literature
Croix de Guerre
Years active 1929–1989
Spouse Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil (1961–1989; her death)


Samuel Barclay 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.

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

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