Samuel Barclay Beckett, a great Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, poet, and literary translator, was born on April 13, 1906! This Nobel Prize-winning Irish avant-garde playwright, novelist and poet is revered as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

We invite you to to learn more about this legendary man. And here are some of the most interesting facts about Beckett’s life. Check them out now!

1. Samuel Beckett’s academic record was so distinguished that upon receiving his B.A. degree in 1927, he was awarded a 2-year post as a lecturer (assistant) in English at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.

2. In France, Beckett soon joined the informal group surrounding the great Irish writer James Joyce and was invited to contribute the opening essay to the book Our Exagmination round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress, a collection of 12 articles written as a defense and explanation of Joyce‘s still-unfinished Finnegans Wake by a group of Joyce‘s disciples.

3. During this first stay in Paris, he won a prize for the best poem on the subject of time in a competition sponsored by the Hours Press. His poem Whoroscope (1930) was his first separately published work and marked the beginning of his lifelong interest in the subject of time.

4. A natural athlete, Beckett excelled at cricket as a left-handed batsman and a left-arm medium-pace bowler. Later, he was to play for Dublin University and played two first-class games against Northamptonshire. As a result, he became the only Nobel literature laureate to have played first-class cricket.

5. Samuel Beckett became a part of the French Resistance movement during World War II and fled to escape the war.

6. On 10 December 2009, the new bridge across the River Liffey in Dublin was opened and named in his honor—the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

7. An Post, the Irish postal service, issued a commemorative stamp of Beckett in 1994. The Central Bank of Ireland launched two Samuel Beckett Centenary commemorative coins on 26 April 2006: €10 Silver Coin and €20 Gold Coin.

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