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Samuel Beckett

Irish novelist, playwright, and poet

1906   -   1989

movement: Nouveau Roman
genre: drama
country of citizenship: Ireland
native language: English
educated at: Trinity College Dublin
occupation: writer, linguist, film director, screenwriter, cricketer, poet, novelist, playwright, translator, artist, author
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature, Prix Formentor
student of: James Joyce

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Samuel Barclay Beckett (; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, poet, and literary translator who lived in Paris for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. Beckett's work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human existence, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humor, and became increasingly minimalist in his later career. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and one of the key figures in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd".Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984.
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