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Samuel Beckett

Playwright, Novelist, Poet (13-May-1906 — 22-Dec-1989)


Deirdre Bair. Samuel Beckett: A Biography. London: Jonathan Cape. 1978. 736pp.

Guy Christian Barnard. Samuel Beckett: A New Approach: A Study of the Novels and Plays. New York: Dodd Mead & Company. 1971. 144pp.

Enoch Brater. Essential Samuel Beckett: An Illustrated Biography. London: Thames & Hudson. 2003. 144pp.

James Campbell. Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett and Others on the Left Bank. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1995. 271pp.

Ruby Cohn. A Beckett Canon. University of Michigan Press. 2001. 417pp.

Anthony Cronin. Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist. Scranton, PA: HarperCollins. 1997.

Richard Ellmann. Four Dubliners: Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Becket. New York: George Braziller. 1987.

Martin Esslin. Samuel Beckett: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood, NJ: Prentice-Hall. 1965. 182pp.

John Fletcher. The Novels of Samuel Beckett. London: Chatto & Windus. 1964. 256pp.

John Fletcher. Samuel Beckett's Art. London: Chatto & Windus. 1967. 154pp.

Hugh Kenner. Samuel Beckett: A Critical Study.. London: John Calder. 1962. 208pp.

Hugh Kenner. Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians. Boston: Beacon Press. 1962. 107pp.

James Knowlson. Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett. Simon & Schuster. 1996. 800pp.

Elisabeth Loevlie. Literary Silences in Pascal, Rousseau, and Beckett. Oxford University Press. 2003. 252pp.

Kathleen McGrory; John Eugene Unterecker (editors). Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett: New Light on Three Modern Irish Writers. Bucknell University Press. 1976. 184pp.

Adam Piette. Remembering and the Sound of Words: Mallarme, Proust, Joyce, Beckett. Oxford University Press. 1996. 285pp.

Michael Robinson. The Long Sonata of the Dead: A Study of Samuel Beckett. Hart-Davis. 1969. 318pp.

Laura Salisbury. Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing. Edinburgh University Press. 2012. 272pp.

George H. Szanto. Narrative Consciousness: Structure and Perception in the Fiction of Kafka, Beckett, and Robbe-Grillet. University of Texas Press. 1972. 216pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Internet Broadway Database [link]

  5. Wikipedia [link]

  6. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  7. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.53)

  8. Random House Dictionary of World Biography (p.41)

  9. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.56)

  10. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.125)

  11. Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century (p.463)

  12. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.23)

  13. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.44)

  14. Contemporary Novelists (pp.105-09)

  15. Current Biography, 1970 Yearbook (pp.30-33)

  16. Celebrity Register 3rd Issue (p.36)

  17. Celebrity Register 4th Issue (p.36)

  18. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.87)

  19. Twentieth Century Authors, First Supplement (p.62)

  20. International Who's Who 1960 (p.69)

  21. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (p.56)

  22. Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (p.26)

  23. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (p.39)

  24. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ideas (p.51)

  25. Legends in Their Own Time (p.20)

  26. A Dictionary of 20th Century World Biography (Oxford) (p.46)

  27. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.17)

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