Samuel Beckett, from Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett (1906–1989) was born near Dublin and educated at Trinity
College, Dublin, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. After a brief spell
of teaching and a period spent working as secretary to James Joyce, he became a
full-time writer. From the mid-1940s on, he wrote mainly in French, but
translated many of his own works into Irish-inflected English. He is best known
for his dramatic work, which includes Waiting for Godot (1953), and
Endgame (1958), but he was also a novelist: his Murphy (1938),
Watt (1953), and the Molloy trilogy (1951–3) are early
masterpieces of postmodern fiction.
Waiting for Godot.