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Samuel Beckett was 20th century Irish novelist, playwright and poet. He left Ireland in 1932, traveled Europe before settling in Paris, where he lived most of his adult life, died and is buried. He wrote in both English and French. During the 1930s and 1940s he wrote his first novels and short stories. He wrote a trilogy of novels in the 1950s as well as famous plays like Waiting for Godot. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His later works included poetry and short story collections and novellas.

Throughout his career, Beckett’s writing focused on the depths and insights of society’s dispossessed and disenfranchised. His view on Dublin was that he ‘underestimated this terrible Dublin’ and ‘the Irish people’ who, he tells Thomas MacGreevy, he can’t imagine ‘ever gave a fart in its corduroys for any form of art whatsoever’. In Murphy, his 3rd work of fiction, the eccentric protagonist observes and wonders: “‘Any fool can turn the blind eye, but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand?”


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