Born: April 13, 1906
Died: December 22, 1989
Occupation: Playwright, novelist, poet, essayist
Biography: Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.