Born in Dublin, Samuel Beckett was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, and in Trinity College, Dublin. He lectured in Paris and in French in Trinity College. He lived in Paris from the 1930s until his death in 1989.
He wrote both in English and French and also translated to both languages. His work includes novels, plays, and poetry. He also wrote for television, film and radio. His last work, a re-working of the four-line poem, da tagte es, first published in 1932, was included in the The Great Book of Ireland.
His main works include the novels Murphy (1938); Watt (1954); the trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable (1951-53); How It Is (1961); Company (1980); Ill Seen Ill Said (1982); Worstward Ho (1983). Plays include Waiting for Godot (1952); Endgame (1934), and First Love (1945). Among his poetry collections are Whoroscope (1930); Echo’s Bones (1935), and Collected Poems (1984).
Among many awards, he received the Nobel Prize in 1969.