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An Introduction to Samuel Beckett

This video gives an overview of the context and style of Samuel Beckett. Samuel Barclay Beckett born 13th April 1906 – 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 plays were viewed as existentialist and belonged to what was coined the ‘theatre of the absurd’. Often concerned with human existence and the passing of time. Beckett is most famous for his play Waiting for Godot; 1953. Like most of his works after 1947, the play was first written in French.



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