Monday, April 13, 2009

Samuel Beckett

Playwright, poet and novelist Samuel Beckett was born on this day in 1906, in Dublin. His most famous play, Waiting for Godot, is a conversation between woebegone characters who are waiting for another who never arrives. Beckett appears on pages 108, 129, 178 and 285 in A Book of Ages. The absurdity and apparent pointlessness of life was his subject. In The Unnameable he wrote “Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on” He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969.

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