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Samuel Beckett, Irish expatriate poet, short-story writer, novelist, and playwright, was a major force in international twentieth-century writing and especially theatre. He wrote a high proportion of his works in French, usually doing the translations into English himself. His increasingly death-obsessed absurdity and minimalism are combined with an invincible energy of language, even while the text appears to despair of the efficacy of words.
13 April 1906 SB, playwright, novelist, and short-story writer, was born at Foxrock near Dublin, the younger of two sons. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 May 1929 A critical essay on James Joyce, included in Our Exagmination Round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress, was SB's first adult published work. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 October 1952 SB's play En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot) was first published in French in Paris; this landmark modernist work quickly became an enormous popular success around the world. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 August 1955 The first production of SB's Waiting for Godot in English, directed by Peter Hall, opened at the Arts Theatre in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 December 1989 SB, Irish playwright, novelist, and short-story writer, died of respiratory failure caused by emphysema at the Hôpital St Anne in Paris, almost six months after the death of his wife. Bibliographic Citation link.
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