Endgame and Act Without Wordsby Samuel Beckett
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Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time. Endgame, originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. A pinnacle of Beckett’s characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death.
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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), one of the leading literary and dramatic figures of the twentieth century, was born in Foxrock, Ireland and attended Trinity University in Dublin. In 1928, he visited Paris for the first time and fell in with a number of avant-garde writers and artists, including James Joyce. In 1937, he settled in Paris permanently. Beckett wrote in both English and French, though his best-known works are mostly in the latter language. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and poetry, he is remembered principally for his works for the theater, which belong to the tradition of the "Theater of the Absurd" and are characterized by their minimalist approach, stripping drama to its barest elements. His most famous works from this period include Waiting for Godot (1952), Endgame (1957), and Krapp's Last Tape (1958). In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and commended for having "transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation."
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This unique play depicts the hopelessness of a post-apocolyptic 'family', if you can even call them that. How Beckett can make a play about the end of the world and make it humorous..... I'll never understand! It definitely lives up to the 'theatre of the absurd' style that Beckett fore-fronted. A must read for any drama/english major.