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.


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