Knowledge Identifier: +Samuel_Beckett
Born in 1906.
Countries: United Kingdom (28%), United States (15%), Ireland (14%)
Linked to: Campbell College, Company, Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress, Portora Royal School
Beckett studied French, Italian, and English at Trinity College, Dublin from 1923 to 1927.
Beckett's 1930 essay Proust was strongly influenced by Schopenhauer's pessimism and laudatory descriptions of saintly asceticism.
Lucia Joyce - She started to show signs of mental illness in 1930, around the time she began casually dating Samuel Beckett
Beckett, meanwhile, finished Murphy and, in 1936, departed for extensive travel around Germany, during which time he filled several notebooks with lists of noteworthy artwork that he had seen and noted his distaste for the Nazi savagery that was overtaking the country.
Returning to Ireland briefly in 1937, he oversaw the publication of Murphy, which he translated into French the following year.
In January 1938 in Paris , Beckett was stabbed in the chest and nearly killed when he refused the solicitations of a notorious pimp.
Peggy Guggenheim - Starting in late December 1939, she and Samuel Beckett had a brief but intense affair, and he encouraged her to turn exclusively to modern art.
Beckett joined the French Resistance after the 1940 occupation by Germany, in which he worked as a courier.
While in hiding in Roussillon, he continued work on the novel Watt (begun in 1941 and completed in 1945, but not published until 1953, though an extract had appeared in the Dublin literary periodical Envoy).
In August 1942, his unit was betrayed and he and Suzanne fled south on foot to the safety of the small village of Roussillon, in the Vaucluse departement in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region.
Beckett's career as a writer can be roughly divided into three periods: his early works, up until the end of World War II in 1945; his middle period, stretching from 1945 until the early 1960s, during which period he wrote what are probably his best-known works; and his late period, from the early 1960s until Beckett's death in 1989, during which his works tended to become shorter and his style more minimalist.
In 1946, Jean-Paul_Sartres magazine Les Temps Modernes published the first part of Becketts short story "Suite" (later to be called "La fin", or "The End"), not realizing that Beckett had only submitted the first half of the story; Simone de Beauvoir refused to publish the second part.
Saint-Lo - This "Capital of Ruins" was revived by Samuel Beckett in his text "The Capital of Ruins" of 10 June 1946, which he wrote for Raidió Éireann, proving how much it remained marked by what he had seen and done in Saint-Lô
Eugene Ionesco - Like Samuel Beckett, Ionesco began his theatre career late; he did not write his first play until 1948
Karl Heinz Stroux - At the Schlosspark, he directed the German premiere of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in 1953 with the author in the audience
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Peter Hall (director) - In August 1955, he directed the English-language premiere of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett at the Arts Theatre, London
Peter Bull - Bull was the first actor to portray Pozzo in the English language version of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting For Godot' when it opened on 3 August 1955
In 1961, Beckett received the International Publishers' Formentor Prize in recognition of his work, which he shared that year with Jorge Luis Borges.
Jorge Luis Borges - In 1961, he received the first Prix International, which he shared with Samuel Beckett.
Brenda Bruce - She starred as Winnie in the 1962 British premiere of Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days", and in 1977 as Lucilla Edith Cavell Teatime in "Murder Most English"
Philip Glass - These significant encounters resulted in a collaboration with Breuer for which Glass contributed music for a 1965 staging of Samuel Beckett's "Comédie"
In October 1969 while on holiday in Tunis with Suzanne, Beckett heard that he had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Joseph Chaikin - In 1969 Open Theatre performed "Endgame" by Samuel Beckett, with Chaikin playing the role of Hamm and Peter Maloney as Clov, at the Cite Universitaire, Paris, and in 1970 at the Grasslands Penitentiary, a fulfillment of Chaikin's desire to experiment with audiences who would be fundamentally and culturally different from cosmopolitan audiences
Bjorn Endreson - From 1970 he translated and staged a large number of Samuel Beckett's plays for Det Norske Teatret
Rino Gaetano - However, Rino was a multi-talented performer and during the early 1970s, in addition to gigging, he performed in cabarets and took part in several plays including playing the role of Estragon in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, the Fox in a production of Pinocchio by the legendary Italian director Carmelo Bene and reciting poetry by Majakovsky
John Caird (director) - Caird was an Associate Director of Contact Theatre for two years from 1973-1975 where he directed plays by Shakespeare, Chris Bond, John Osborne, James Saunders, Samuel Beckett, wrote and acted in Theatre in Education programmes for Manchester's schools and prisons, and was an actor and musician in plays by Brecht, Goldoni and Jellicoe
Walter D. Asmus - There he met Samuel Beckett in 1974 and was assistant for the author's renowned production of "Waiting for Godot", 1975
Beckett's prose pieces during the late period were not so prolific as his theatre, as suggested by the title of the 1976 collection of short prose texts Fizzles (which the American artist Jasper Johns illustrated).
Max Wall - He secured television appearances and, having attracted Samuel Beckett's attention, he won parts in "Waiting for Godot" in 1979 and "Krapp's Last Tape" in 1984
Some of the best-known pictures of Beckett were taken by photographer John Minihan, who photographed him between 1980 and 1985 and developed such a good relationship with the writer that he became, in effect, his official photographer.
Benoit Duteurtre - In 1982, he sent Samuel Beckett a text called "Nuit" ; Beckett later convinced Duteurtre to publish it in "La Revue des Editions de Minuit"
Manoel de Oliveira - In 1986 Oliveira made one of his most experimental films, "My Case" , partially based on José Régio's one act play "O Meu Caso", although the film takes inspiration from Samuel Beckett's "Fizzles" and the Book of Job
Lukas Haas - On stage in 1988, he performed in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at Lincoln Center in New York City
Dean Gaffney - In 1991, Gaffney played the Boy in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" in the West End, alongside Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson
Alexander Arotin - His work includes a representation of García Lorca's "Amor de Don Perlimpín con Belisa en su jardín" in the 1992 Salzburg Festival, and a theatrical inauguration event at the Stadthaus Ulm inspired by Beckett's "Happy Days", Traces Installation at Macba Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona
Ross Perot - On May 25, 1992 he was featured on the cover of "Time" with the title "Waiting for Perot," an allusion to Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot"
John Minihan (photographer) - His book of photographs of Samuel Beckett was published in 1995
Rosaleen Linehan - She starred as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days" on stage and on screen as part of the "Beckett on Film" project, having already played the role in a 1996 production at The Gate Theatre opposite Barry McGovern
Historians interested in tracing Beckett's blood line were, in 2004, granted access to confirmed trace samples of his DNA to conduct molecular genealogical studies to facilitate precise lineage determination
David J - In 2005 he composed the original music for a stage production of Samuel Beckett's "Cascando"
Michael Colgan (director) - In April 2006, to mark the centenary of Beckett's birth, the Gate produced a month-long festival which ran simultaneously in Dublin and at the Barbican in London and, in January 2007, presented the Beckett Season to acclaim at the Sydney Festival where Michael Colgan directed Ralph Fiennes in a stage adaptation of Beckett's novella "First Love"
Brian Dennehy - Stratford Shakespeare Festival - In 2008, Dennehy appeared at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, appearing in All's Well That Ends Well as the King of France, and a double bill of plays, one by Samuel Beckett, "Krapp's Last Tape" and Eugene O'Neill's play "Hughie", where Dennehy reprised the role of Erie Smith
On 10 December 2009, the newest bridge across the River Liffey in Dublin was opened and named the Samuel Beckett Bridge in his honour
Barbara Bray died in Edinburgh on 25 February 2010
Alberto Giacometti - According to Dr. Michael Peppiatt in a lecture at Cambridge University on July 8, 2010, Giacometti, who had a friendship with author/playwright Samuel Beckett, created a tree for the set of a 1961 Paris production of "Waiting For Godot"
Jan Malmsjo - Malmsjö is still as active as ever and in the summer of 2017, aged 85, was rehearsing the title role of "Krapp's Last Tape" by Samuel Beckett, at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre
Maxine Peake - Peake will star as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days at the Royal Exchange Theatre from may 2018
Maxine Peake - Peake will star as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days at the Royal Exchange Theatre from May 2018