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Samuel Beckett



Below is a brief biography of Samuel Beckett, including a list of his work. Clicking on any linked title will take you to the Beckett section of the Well Furlong Book Shop. If you so wish, you may go on to buy many of the works directly from either Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk


1906 Samuel Barclay Beckett. Born at Foxrock near Dublin on 13th April. Father William Frank Beckett, a quantity surveyor & his wife Mary, nee Roe. Prep School: Earlsfort school, Dublin. Public School: Portora Royal, Enniskillen.
1923-1927 Trinity College, Dublin. Placed first in first class in Modern Literature
(French & Italian) awarded large gold medal.
Activities: Golf, cricket & chess.
1928 Teaching at Campbell College Belfast.
1928-1930 Meets James Joyce, his life long friend. First work published, the poem Whoroscope.
1931 Lecturer in French, Trinity College, Dublin
Performance of Beckett’s first dramatic work, Le Kid.
Major literary criticism Proust published by Chatto & Windus
1934 More Pricks Than Kicks (short stories) published.
1935 Echo’s Bones & other Precipitates, published.
1938 Murphy, his first novel published.
1942-1945 Works as agricultural labourer in Avignon.
Writes Watt , last English novel.
Interpreter & store keeper at the Irish Red Cross hospital in Normandy.
1946-1950 Writes in French the essential works of the canon, the trilogy of novels
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable published 1951 & the play Waiting for Godot, published 1952.
Beckett writes many art criticisms & art essays Three Dialogues with George Duthuit (published in 1949)
Essay written for his painter friends, the brothers Bram & Geer van Velde Called La Peinture des van Velde, ou Le Monde et le pantalon
1953 World Premiere of Waiting For Godot in Paris
1954 Beckett’s English translation of Godot published in New York. Writes Hommage a Jack B. Yeats. Beckett associated on friendly terms with three other painters Stanley William Hayter, Giacometti & Avigdor Arikha, although Beckett did not write about any of them, except for a brief Catalogue on Arikha.
1955 World premiere of the English Godot in London directed by (now Sir) Peter Hall.
1957 First broadcast of All That Fall by BBC.
First production in French of Endgame. Published in English in 1958.
1958 World premiere of Krapp’s Last Tape in London
1959 Hon. D. Litt., Dublin University.
Embers wins Italia prize.
1961 World premiere of Happy Days in New York.
1962 First broadcast of Words & Music by BBC.
1963 Creation of Play (German translation)
1964 Film made in New York
1966 Creation of Come & Go (German translation)
1969 Nobel Prize for Literature. Production of Breath
1972 World premiere of Not I
1976 First broadcast by BBC of Rough For Radio & World premiere of That Time & Footfalls at the Royal Court Theatre, London.
1977 Ghost Trio & But The Clouds televised by the BBC.
1980 Company published.
1981 Rockaby published & performed at the Centre for Theatre Research, New York
Ohio published & performed at Ohio State University, Columbus.
Mal Vu Mal dit Ill Seen Ill Said published.
1982 World premiere of Catastrophe at the Avignon Festival
1983 Nacht & Traume transmitted by SDR. World premiere of What Where.
Worstward Ho published.
Catastrophe published.
1984 Quad published.
1988 Stirrings Still published
1989 Beckett’s 2nd wife Suzanne dies.
22nd December Beckett dies.
Soubresauts published.
1992 Dream Of Fair To Middling Woman published.
1995 Beckett's first dramatic work, written even before Godot, called Eleutheria published. It is still unperformed.



Samuel Beckett introduction
  A brief appreciation of the playwright
Book Shop - Beckett section
  A list of Beckett's dramatic works many of which you may buy from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
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