Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Born: April 13, 1906

Died: December 22, 1989

Nationality: Irish

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.

Source/Notes: Waiting for Godot: Tragicomedy in 2 Acts (1982 edition), Grove Press - ISBN: 9780802130341
Source/Notes: The Complete Short Prose of Samuel Beckett, 1929-1989 (2007 edition), Grove Press - ISBN: 9780802198433


Source/Notes: As quoted in The Essential Samuel Beckett: An Illustrated Biography, by Enoch Brater (revised edition, 2003) ISBN 0-500-28411-3, p.75
Samuel Beckett

“It means what it says.”

- Samuel Beckett

Source/Notes: Said about Waiting for Godot, from Jonathan Croall, The Coming of Godot (2005) ISBN 1-840-02595-6, p.91
Source/Notes: The Letters of Samuel Becket 1929–1940 (2009), p. 209