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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 repetition and self-reference. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Beckett has received more than 4,834,766 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 102 in 2019). Samuel Beckett is the 110th most popular writer (up from 114th 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.

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Among writers, Samuel Beckett ranks 110 out of 5,755Before him are Nicolas Flamel, Cato the Elder, Anatole France, Boris Pasternak, Du Fu, and François Rabelais. After him are Vladimir Nabokov, Federico García Lorca, Mary Shelley, François Villon, Plautus, and Václav Havel.

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Among people born in 1906, Samuel Beckett ranks 6Before him are Leonid Brezhnev, Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Puyi. After him are Luchino Visconti, Grace Hopper, Josephine Baker, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, and Ilse Koch. Among people deceased in 1989, Samuel Beckett ranks 5Before him are Salvador Dalí, Hirohito, Nicolae Ceaușescu, and Ruhollah Khomeini. After him are Ted Bundy, Herbert von Karajan, Konrad Lorenz, Sergio Leone, Georges Simenon, Andrei Sakharov, and Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett ranks 7 out of 501Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), James Joyce (1882), Robert Boyle (1627), Jonathan Swift (1667), George Bernard Shaw (1856), and George Berkeley (1685). After him are Michael Gambon (1940), Edmund Burke (1729), Pierce Brosnan (1953), Bram Stoker (1847), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), and William Rowan Hamilton (1805).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

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