Noted Author

November 07, 1999

Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989;

Born to a prosperous Protestant family in the Dublin suburb of Foxrock, Beckett attended Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied modern languages. He traveled widely in Europe in the 1930s before settling in Paris, where he became a close disciple of James Joyce.

Beckett wrote many novels, including "Murphy," which Dylan Thomas called "Freudian blarney," and "Molloy," which explores a mysterious Jekyll and Hyde relationship between two men, Maron and Molloy.

He considered himself to be primarily a novelist, but it was with his play "Waiting for Godot" in 1954 that Beckett gained celebrity status. His fame skewed his critical reception: he was misleadingly associated with existentialism, then with Theatre of the Absurd, but these have waned and now he is regarded as a postmodernist.

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