An Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, essayist and poet, Samuel Beckett enjoyed the fact that he was born on Friday the 13. In April 1906.
Beckett, who was one of the most influential writers of 20th century, was greatly influenced by James Joyce, author of critically acclaimed novel Ulysses, whom he met during his stay in Paris. It is under his influence that Beckett wrote his first work which was a critical essay. He also became a part of the same literary circle of which James Joyce was a member.
After that he wrote many stories, poems and plays in his lifetime, most of the time in French and translated them in English himself. However, it is with Waiting for Godot that he was able to acquire wide appreciation and huge fame.
Merging a tragicomic outlook with the realistic aspects of life, Beckett had developed a style of writing which was not only unconventional, but absurd, simple, bleak and had a gallows humor. Such characteristics of his themes and writings associated him with the kind that was called Theatre of Absurd. He is also considered one of the last modernist writers.
“Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?
Vladimir: Yes, yes, we’re magicians.” – Waiting for Godot
He also received Nobel Prize for literature in 1969. He died on 22nd December 1989.