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Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906)

Irish-born playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett settled permanently in Paris in 1937 and thereafter adopted French as his primary literary language, though he went on to translate many of his works into English. Marked by minimal plot and action, existentialist ideas, and humor, the Nobel laureate's works typify the Theatre of the Absurd. His Waiting for Godot is a classic of the genre and brought him global acclaim. Why did his wife call his receipt of the Nobel Prize a "catastrophe"? More...
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In October 1969 while on holiday in Tunis with Suzanne, Beckett heard that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Anticipating that her intensely private husband would be saddled with fame from that moment on, Suzanne called the award a "catastrophe".[25] In true ascetic fashion, he gave away all of the prize money.
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Samuel Beckett: A light that never goes out

By John Calder

Samuel Beckett was born 108 years ago on Sunday. His friend and publisher John Calder recalls a modest genius who loved to talk late into the night over a glass of whiskey.

SAMUEL Beckett died in 1989 at the age of 83. I was always very close to him as a friend as well as an author and was privileged to publish him from the time I met him, shortly after the first London performance of Waiting for Godot, which only Harold Hobson had reviewed favourably in his Sunday Times regular column. Hobson had gone back several times to review it again, which led to other drama critics going back to see it again and change their minds about its merit...
interesting! By one of his closest friends. Worth reading:

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Good article. Thanks.
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