October 23, 1969

On this day in 1969, Irish playwright Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature. Waiting for Godot is his best known work, and perhaps one the most widely read theatrical plays. Beckett was born in Foxrock, Dublin on April 13, 1906. He studied French, Italian and English at Trinity College Dublin and excelled, allowing him to move to Paris to teach English. It was in Paris that he was introduced to James Joyce, who he became close friends with. Joyce’s works had a great influence over Beckett. Beckett’s other famous works include Krapp’s Last Tape, Endgame and Happy Days.

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