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Beck·ett(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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