Tag Archives: Samuel Beckett

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SAMUEL BARCLAY BECKETT (1906)




Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906)

Irish-born playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett settled permanently in Paris in 1937 and thereafter adopted French as his primary literary language, though he went on to translate many of his works into English. Marked by minimal plot and action, existentialist ideas, and humor, the Nobel laureate‘s works typify the Theatre of the Absurd. His Waiting for Godot is a classic of the genre and brought him global acclaim. Why did his wife call his receipt of the Nobel Prize a “catastrophe”? More…Discuss

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QUOTATION: Oscar Wilde


One’s past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: Henry Fielding (1707)


Henry Fielding (1707)

Born 22 April 1707(1707-04-22)
Sharpham, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Died 8 October 1754(1754-10-08) (aged 47)
Lisbon, Portugal
Pen name Captain Hercules Vinegar“, also some works published anonymously
Occupation Novelist, dramatist
Nationality English
Period 1728–54
Genres satire, picaresque
Literary movement Enlightenment, Augustan Age
Relative(s) Sara Banerji (1900s author)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More… Discuss