Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was an Irish playwright, novelist, short-story writer and poet, best known for the plays Waiting for Godot, Krapp's Last Tape, and Endgame. His works project a sense of helplessness and futility. His style has been called "the theater of the absurd."

After taking residence in Paris in 1937, Beckett wrote his works in French and then translated them into English.

Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969.

Selected Bibliography


  • Waiting for Godot (1953)
  • Endgame (1957)
  • Krapp's Last Tape (1958)
  • Happy Days (1961)
  • Not I (1972)
  • Rockaby (1981)


  • Murphy (1938)
  • Molloy (1951)
  • Malone Dies (1951)
  • The Unnamable (1953)
  • Watt (1953)