Samuel Beckett is recognized as one of the pivotal geniuses of modern literature. His literary output included novels, stories, poems, and plays, including Waiting for Godot, widely considered one of existentialism’s founding texts. This volume, originally published to celebrate the centenary of his birth, brings together his most distinguished poems, such as Whoroscope,” Echo’s Bones,” and Saint-Lô”; significant short prose, including More Pricks Than Kicks,” Dante and the Lobster,” and First Love”; and his critical writings including Dante . . . Bruno.Vico . . ” Joyce,” Three Dialogues,” and Proust.”
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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), one of the leading literary and dramatic figures of the twentieth century, was born in Foxrock, Ireland and attended Trinity University in Dublin. In 1928, he visited Paris for the first time and fell in with a number of avant-garde writers and artists, including James Joyce. In 1937, he settled in Paris permanently. Beckett wrote in both English and French, though his best-known works are mostly in the latter language. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and poetry, he is remembered principally for his works for the theater, which belong to the tradition of the Theater of the Absurd and are characterized by their minimalist approach, stripping drama to its barest elements. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and commended for having 'transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation.' Beckett died in Paris in 1989.
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