Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett (Playwright) (1906-1989) is widely recognised as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot which launched his career in theatre. He then went on to write numerous successful full-length plays, including Endgame in 1957, Krapp’s Last Tape in 1958 and Happy Days in 1960. Beckett received his first commission for radio from the BBC in 1956 for All That Fall. This was followed by a further five plays for radio including Embers, Words and Music and Cascando. Like no other dramatist before him, Beckett’s works capture the pathos and ironies of modern life yet still maintain his faith in man’s capacity for compassion and survival no matter how absurd his environment may have become. Press on Samuel Beckett: Beckett is an incomparable spellbinder. He writes with rhetoric and music that... make a poet green with envy - Stephen Spender Reading Beckett for the first time is an experience like no other in modern literature. - Paul Auster