Irish Playwright, Philosopher
Out of Beckett’s small output of works Waiting for Godot has achieved a cult status and has been seen as a morality play of the 20th century.God or Godot is waited upon but in reality what is holding him up while the world is convulsed by man’s inhumanity to one another? God rubs salt on the wounds of man whose carefully built bulwarks of intellect has crumbled along with faith while a strident march of science and technology muffles murmurs of celestial host as stuff and nonsense. Existentialism of the Post WWII had brought in, as could be imagined, two forms of theater,- of the Absurd and of Cruelty. Man according to Beckett aches for oblivion and Godot is a play that took pulse of man’s despair. Remove hope of salvation what have you got? We live in a world of instant gratification. No wonder Beckett is definitely dated.
With the Millennium generation despair is not of a cruel god. Man is a consumer despairing of credit that has dried up all too soon.
Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906, in Dublin, Ireland. He had a distinguished academic career with two years in Paris (28-29) where he first met Joyce. Without elation or bitterness he lived through two decades of neglect and two decades of fame. As James he also remained his own man totally dedicated to his art.
During the 1930s and 1940s he wrote his first novels and short stories. He wrote a trilogy of novels in the 1950s as well as famous plays like Waiting for Godot. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His later works included poetry and short story collections and novellas. He settled permanently in Paris in 1937. He died on December 22, 1989 in Paris, France.
Trivia: James Joyce conceded of the younger expatriate,’I think he has talent’. Joyce had toyed with the idea of him as a prospective son- in- law and also used him as his secretary while writing Finnigan’s Wake. James’s eyes had gone near blind by then.