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Samuel BeckettSamuel [Barclay] Beckett, poet, novelist, and dramatist was born in Foxrock, County Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen and later at T.C.D. In 1928 he taught French at Campbell College, Belfast, before moving to Paris as a lecteur d’anglais at the Ecole Normale Sup‚rieure. It was here that he met through his friendship with Thomas MacGreevy, James Joyce. One of the major figures of modern Irish literature, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1969. He died in Paris in 1989.

Samuel Beckett’s family home was in Foxrock Co. Dublin near the Leopardstown race cource. His parents were both 35 when he was born.  Beckett was a member of the Church of Ireland but later became agnostic, clearly shown in his writings.In 1920, he attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, also attended by Oscar Wilde. In 1923 he entered Trinity College in Dublin and studied literature and excelled playing cricket, later playing for Dublin University.

Samuel Beckett’s notable works include Murphy, Watt, Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape, How It Is, Happy Days. Beckett won the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature, While not rejecting the prize, Beckett did not attend the prize ceremony, nor did he deliver a Nobel lecture. His wife described his reaction to the news that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as a “catastrophe”. He donated the prize money, much of it to Trinity College, Dublin.

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Samuel Beckett died on the 22nd of December 1989 in Paris. In 1983, the Samuel Beckett Award was established for writers who, in the opinion of a committee of critics, producers and publishers, showed innovation and excellence in writing for the performing arts. On 10 December 2009, the new bridge across the River Liffey in Dublin was opened and named the Samuel Beckett Bridge in his honour. The Central Bank of Ireland launched two Samuel Beckett Centenary commemorative coins on 26 April 2006: €10 Silver Coin and €20 Gold Coin.

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BECKETT, Samuel: All Strange Away
BECKETT, Samuel: All Strange Away

All Strange Away. London: Calder, 1979. First edition. Grey cloth, title in gilt. A near fine copy in very good dust jacket. L4 BC1  

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BECKETT, Samuel: Come and Go (Signed Limited Edition)

BECKETT, Samuel. Come and Go. A Dramaticule. Illustrated. London: Calder and Boyars, 1967. First edition. pp. 10. Grey buckram, upper cover ruled in gilt with title and author. Edition limited to 100 copies (64) signed by the author. A fine copy in slipcase.Samuel Beckett, poet, novelist, and dramatist was born in Foxrock, County Dublin in […]

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BECKETT, Samuel: Company (Signed Limited Edition)

BECKETT, Samuel. Company. London: Calder, 1980. Medium octavo. pp. 89. True first edition, first printing. Quarter vellum on brown linen, title and reproduced signature of Beckett in gilt. Deluxe first edition, limited to 100 copies, signed by Samuel Beckett on titlepage. This copy signed but not numbered on the titlepage. Browning to the spine. All […]

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BECKETT, Samuel: Disjecta
BECKETT, Samuel: Disjecta. Miscellaneous Wirtings and a Dramatic Fragment

BECKETT, Samuel. Disjecta Miscellaneous Writings and a Dramatic Fragment. Edited with a foreword by Ruby Cohn. London: John Calder, 1983. First edition. pp. 178. Red papered boards, titled in gilt on spine. A fine copy in dust jacket lightly faded to the spine. L4 BC2 2B

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BECKETT, Samuel: Eh Joe
BECKETT, Samuel: Eh Joe

BECKETT, Samuel. Eh Joe and Other Writings. 904 London: Faber and Faber, 1967. pp. 44. Burgundy cloth, titled in gilt. A fine copy in lightly frayed price-clipped dust jacket.

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BECKETT, Samuel: Ill Seen Ill Said (Signed LIMITED EDITION)

BECKETT, Samuel. Ill Seen Ill Said. California: Lord John Press, 1982. First edition. pp. 45, [1]. Original dark blue quarter calf on blue marbled boards, title in gilt along spine. Printed in black and blue on mould-made Bugra-butten paper. Edition limited to 299 numbered copies and 26 lettered copies. This is a ‘Presentation Copy’ signed […]

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BECKETT, Samuel: More Pricks than Kicks (Signed Limited Edition)

Author Title Catalog Mainhead Pub Place Price Location Summary PubDate Sort BECKETT, Samuel. More Pricks than Kicks. 904 SIGNED LIMITED EDITION London: Calder & Boyars, 1970. pp. 21, [1]. Quarter white calf on brown cloth boards, title in gilt on upper cover and on spine. Edition limited to 100 copies (No. 64) signed and number […]

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BECKETT, Samuel: The Lost Ones
BECKETT, Samuel: The Lost Ones

BECKETT, Samuel. The Lost Ones. London: John Calder, 1979. pp. 62. Purple papered boards, titled in gilt on. A very good copy in very good dust jacket.

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BECKETT, Samuel: The Lost Ones (Signed Limited Edition)

BECKETT, Samuel. The Lost Ones. Translated from the original French by the author. London: Calder & Boyars, 1972. First English edition. pp. 63. Quarter white calf on grey-brown linen boards, title in gilt on upper cover and on spine. Limited edition of one hundred copies, signed and numbered by the author (77). Top edge gilt. […]

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BECKETT, Samuel - Waiting-For-Godot
BECKETT, Samuel: Waiting for Godot. Theatre Royal Programme

Waiting for Godot. Theatre Royal Programme. Monday, 18 June, 1956.

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BECKETT, Samuel. Proust (First Edition)

BECKETT, Samuel. Proust. London: Chatto & Windus, 1931. First edition. pp. [5], 72. Original pictorial cream papered boards. A very good copy in pictorial frayed and chipped dust jacket. L1 BC2 1B

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BECKETT, Samuel. Stirrings Still. Illustrated by Louis le Brocquy

Signed Limited Edition New York: Blue Moon, & London: John Calder, 1988. Folio. pp. [44]. Bound in quarter vellum parchment with a natural linen and cotton cloth stamped with a motif by the artist in eighteen-carat gold, backstrip lettered in gilt. Limited edition of 226 copies, numbered one to two hundred and 26 hors commerce […]

2,500.00

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