Samuel Beckett

1906 - 1989

Photo of Samuel Beckett

Icon of person 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 multi-faceted work offers a bleak, tragi-comic outlook on existence and experience, often coupled with black comedy and nonsense. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Beckett has received more than 4,093,299 page views. His biography is available in 102 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Samuel Beckett is the 114th most popular writer (down from 98th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 5th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Irish Writer.

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

Memorability Metrics

  • 4.1M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 81.98

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 102

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.95

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.64

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Page views of Samuel Becketts by language


Among writers, Samuel Beckett ranks 114 out of 5,794Before him are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Václav Havel, George Sand, François Villon, Nicolas Flamel, and Vladimir Nabokov. After him are Anatole France, Alexandre Dumas fils, Ismail I, Jean Cocteau, Henry David Thoreau, and Jean de La Fontaine.

Most Popular Writers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


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

Others Born in 1906

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1989

Go to all Rankings

In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett ranks 7 out of 460Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854), Jonathan Swift (1667), James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Berkeley (1685), and Robert Boyle (1627). After him are Michael Gambon (1940), Bram Stoker (1847), Edmund Burke (1729), Francis Bacon (1909), Peter O'Toole (1932), 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).