Samuel Beckett Bridge which crosses the River Liffey and where The Rambler began its journey. (source)

Samuel Beckett

1906 - 1989 Playwright, Novelist, Poet and Theatre Director

SAMUEL BECKETT - The avant-garde playwright, novelist, theatre director and poet was born into a well-to-do Church of Ireland family in a house in the Dublin suburb of Foxrock. He went to Portora Royal School in Enniskillen and Trinity College Dublin and excelled at cricket in both institutions. He went on to become a school teacher, first in Belfast and then in Paris, where he became friends with James Joyce and started writing. He returned to Trinity as a lecturer for a short time before setting off to travel extensively in Europe. He eventually settled in Paris in 1939 and became part of a literary and artistic set. During the German occupation of France he played a distinguished role in the Resistance and was later decorated for this.

After the war his writing career took off, peaking with the first performance of Waiting for Godot in 1953. The play was originally written in French and later translated into English by Beckett himself --- a pattern for many of his works. In later life he developed a reputation as a recluse.

Some people consider him the last of the twentieth century Modernists, others the first of the Post-Modernists. His greatest characteristic as a writer is a tragi-comic perspective on the human condition illuminated by black comedy and gallows humour. His approach to writing became increasingly minimalist. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. His legacy, in literature and in other branches of the arts, is very strong. The new harp-shaped bridge over the river Liffey, where Rambler began her journey in episode one, is named after him.


Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin

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Samuel Beckett in Episode Six

Dick visits Magan's Pub in Longford and speaks to owners and brothers Dan and Mike Magan who are relations of Samuel Beckett.

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