WRITER

Samuel Beckett

1906 - 1989

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Samuel Barclay Beckett ( ; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish novelist, dramatist, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. His literary and theatrical work features bleak, impersonal, and tragicomic experiences of life, often coupled with black comedy and nonsense. His work became increasingly minimalist as his career progressed, involving more aesthetic and linguistic experimentation, with techniques of stream of consciousness repetition and self-reference. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Beckett has received more than 5,648,936 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Samuel Beckett is the 134th most popular writer (down from 110th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Ireland and the 5th most popular Irish Writer.

Samuel Beckett is most famous for his play Waiting for Godot.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.6M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 75.25

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 108

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.21

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.19

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Malone meurt
En attendant Godot
French drama, Translations into English, Translations from French
Happy days
Dramatic production, English Manuscripts, Facsimiles
Fin de partie
Notebooks, sketchbooks, Dramatic production, French language materials
Molloy
French fiction, French language materials
Watt
English literature
Happy days
Dramatic production, English Manuscripts, Facsimiles
Fin de partie
Notebooks, sketchbooks, Dramatic production, French language materials
En attendant Godot
French drama, Translations into English, Translations from French
D8
Molloy
French fiction, French language materials, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
Malone meurt
French language materials, British and irish fiction (fictional works by one author)
Watt
English literature, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
Fin de partie
Notebooks, sketchbooks, Dramatic production, French language materials
Malone meurt
French language materials, British and irish fiction (fictional works by one author)
En attendant Godot
French drama, Translations into English, Translations from French
D8
Watt
English literature, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
Molloy
French fiction, French language materials, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
Happy days
Dramatic production, English Manuscripts, Facsimiles
Molloy
French fiction, French language materials, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
En attendant Godot
French drama, Translations into English, Translations from French
D8
Fin de partie
Notebooks, sketchbooks, Dramatic production, French language materials
Watt
English literature, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author)
Malone meurt
French language materials, British and irish fiction (fictional works by one author)
Happy days
Dramatic production, English Manuscripts, Facsimiles

Among WRITERS

Among writers, Samuel Beckett ranks 134 out of 7,302Before him are Alexandre Dumas fils, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Guillaume Apollinaire, Plautus, Cato the Elder, and Hafez. After him are Günter Grass, Adam Mickiewicz, Yukio Mishima, Carlo Collodi, Boris Pasternak, and Mary Shelley.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1906, Samuel Beckett ranks 6Before him are Leonid Brezhnev, Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Grace Hopper. After him are Puyi, Luchino Visconti, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Albert Hofmann. Among people deceased in 1989, Samuel Beckett ranks 6Before him are Salvador Dalí, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Hirohito, Ruhollah Khomeini, and Bette Davis. After him are Herbert von Karajan, Andrei Sakharov, Ted Bundy, Konrad Lorenz, Georges Simenon, and Sergio Leone.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett ranks 7 out of 549Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), Robert Boyle (1627), George Bernard Shaw (1856), and George Berkeley (1685). After him are Michael Gambon (1940), Francis Bacon (1909), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Bram Stoker (1847), Edmund Burke (1729), and Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett ranks 5Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), and George Bernard Shaw (1856). After him are Bram Stoker (1847), W. B. Yeats (1865), Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), and Saint Gall (550).