Samuel Beckett (Irish, 1906-1989)

As one of the last Modern authors, Beckett was well known for his unique writing style featuring a blend of tragedy, black comedy, and bleak absurdity. Beckett was enormously prolific, writing plays, short stories, novels, poems, and translations. His most well-known work, Waiting For Godot, had an enormous impact on the world of theater and continues to be a frequent source of scholarly and critical analysis. Beckett was also widely acknowledged in his lifetime, earning the Nobel Prize in literature in 1969. His stark black and white portrait seen in the show captures the author in the last decade of his life, though he continued to produce new works up until his death at age 83.