Samuel Beckett

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett

Full Name: Samuel Barclay Beckett
Profession: Playwright, novelist, and poet


Biography: One of the most influential and widely-discussed avant-garde writers of the 20th century. His most famous plays, "Waiting for Godot", "Endgame" and "Happy Days", display his absurdist, anti-realist traditions.

Despite speaking English as his first language, Beckett wrote all his major works in French as he believed it forced him to be more disciplined.

Born: April 13, 1906
Birthplace: Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries

Died: December 22, 1989 (aged 83)
Cause of Death: Emphysema and possibly Parkinson's disease

Married Life

  • 1961-03-25 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England

Historical Events

  • 1953-01-05 Samuel Beckett's "En Attendant Godot" premieres in Paris
  • 1955-03-06 Dutch premiere of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
  • 1957-01-13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme
  • 1957-04-03 Samuel Beckett's play "Endgame" premieres in London as a French language production
  • 1961-09-17 Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC