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 (bĕk′ĭt), Samuel Barclay 1906-1989.
Irish-born writer whose novels include Murphy (1938) and Malone Dies (1951). Beckett is known to a wider audience for his absurdist plays, such as Waiting for Godot (1952) and Krapp's Last Tape (1959). He won the 1969 Nobel Prize for literature.
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1. (Biography) Dame Margaret Mary. born 1943, British Labour politician; leader of the House of Commons (1998–2001); secretary of state for environment, food, and rural affairs (2001–2006); foreign secretary (2006– 07)
2. (Biography) Samuel (Barclay). 1906–89, Irish dramatist and novelist writing in French and English, whose works portray the human condition as insignificant or absurd in a bleak universe. They include the plays En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot, 1952), Fin de partie (Endgame, 1957), and Not I (1973) and the novel Malone meurt (Malone Dies, 1951): Nobel prize for literature 1969
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Samuel, 1906-89, Irish playwright and novelist, in France after 1937: Nobel prize 1969.
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Her ancient decks were worn and wrinkled, like the pilgrim-worshipped flag-stone in Canterbury Cathedral where Beckett bled.
Among the recipients of the letters are the Russian director Sergei Eisenstein (whom the young Beckett asks "to be considered for admission to the Moscow State School of Cinematography", 317), the Dutch painter and life-long friend of Beckett Bram van Velde, and of course Axel Kaun, recipient of the "German letter" published in Disjecta (1983).
The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett: A Critical Edition.
IT'S not often that you can blindly follow a trainer's horses when ridden by his stable jockey and make a profit, but that appears to be the case with Ralph Beckett and Jim Crowley.
"Panda-Monium!" is a delightful illustrated story in verse about Beckett, a hungry little panda in search of a delightful sweet, crunchy snack of bamboo!
Samuel Beckett's prodigious literary work today seems like a monument to the mistrust of the word as a means of communication.
Coetzee se vakkundige belangstelling in Beckett en sy estetiese belangstelling in horn (wat geredelik erken word as 'n sterk invloed), loop uiteen in Coetzee se onlangse kort biografie-cum-outobiografie "Samuel Beckett in Cape Town--an imaginary history" (Coetzee, 2006:74-77).
James Beckett, of Ash Road, Saltley, admitted a charge of wounding which saw his victim permanently scarred at the city's crown court.
Catalogues of Beckett's Reading Notes and Other Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, with Supporting Essays
Beckett's Dedalus: Dialogical Engagements with Joyce in Beckett's Fiction.
One of the outstanding literary figures of the 20th Century, Samuel Beckett and his work is an aspect of every college and university English Literature curriculum.
SELLING his old car four months before he bought a new one landed Phillip Beckett in a pickle over his insurance cover.