Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1969

Born: 13 April 1906, Dublin, Ireland

Died: 22 December 1989, Paris, France

Residence at the time of the award: Ireland

Prize motivation: "for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation."

Language: English and French

Prize share: 1/1

Work

Samuel Beckett produced his most important works - four novels, two dramas, a collection of short stories, essays, and art criticism - during an intensely creative period in the late 1940s. Irishman Beckett had settled in France and wrote in both French and English. His experiences during World War II - insecurity, confusion, exile, hunger, deprivation - came to shape his writing. In his most famous work, the drama Waiting for Godot, he examines the most basic foundations of our lives with strikingly dark humor.

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