Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989

Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989



  • Existence: 1906 - 1989


Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1927 he graduated from Trinity College in Dublin after which he taught English and French at Campbell College, Belfast. From 1928-1930, Beckett was a lecturer at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. He published his first poem, "Whoroscope" in 1930. In 1932, he resigned his final teaching post and began to write seriously. He moved to France in 1936. After World War II, Beckett experienced a particularly productive period of writing. Between 1946 and 1950, he produced six major works including "En Attendant Godot" ("Waiting for Godot"). He received a honorary degree from Trinity College in 1959, the Prix Formentor in 1961 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. Becket died on December 22, 1989 in Paris.

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Samuel Beckett collection

Identifier: MS-122
Date(s): 1929 to 1988

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), playwright. The collection contain published and unpublished book manuscripts, essays, poems, plays, short stories, letters, photographs, clippings, playbills, audio and video tapes and slides related to the the work of Samuel Beckett. A long series of letters from Beckett to Gloria MacGowran (1973-1988) is also included.