Samuel Beckett

1906 - 1989

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Barclay Beckett (; 13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. A resident of Paris for most of his adult life, he wrote in both French and English. Beckett's idiosyncratic work offers a bleak tragi-comic outlook on existence and experience, often coupled with black comedy, nonsense and gallows humour. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Beckett has received more than 3,303,507 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 99th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Samuel Beckett ranks 98 out of 4,883Before him are Charles Bukowski, Jonathan Swift, Miyamoto Musashi, Ivan Turgenev, Anatole France, and Cato the Elder. After him are Rainer Maria Rilke, Vladimir Nabokov, André Gide, John Steinbeck, George Sand, and Theodor Herzl.

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Among people born in 1906, Samuel Beckett ranks 5Before him are Leonid Brezhnev, Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt, and Dmitri Shostakovich. After him are Puyi, Aristotle Onassis, Luchino Visconti, Grace Hopper, Kurt Gödel, Albert Hofmann, and Henri Charrière. Among people deceased in 1989, Samuel Beckett ranks 5Before him are Salvador Dalí, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Hirohito, and Ruhollah Khomeini. After him are Herbert von Karajan, Konrad Lorenz, Sergio Leone, Georges Simenon, Andrei Sakharov, Ted Bundy, and Elena Ceaușescu.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett ranks 5 out of 366Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), and Jonathan Swift (1667). After him are George Berkeley (1685), Robert Boyle (1627), Bram Stoker (1847), Edmund Burke (1729), Francis Bacon (1909), Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819), and Peter O'Toole (1932).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett ranks 5Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), and Jonathan Swift (1667). 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).