Samuel Beckett, in full Samuel Barclay Beckett, (born April 13, 1906, Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland – died December 22, 1989, Paris, France) was an Irish novelist, playwright, poet, and one of the key figures in the “Theatre of the Absurd.”
Considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Beckett wrote in both French and English. His notable works include plays such as Waiting for Godot (En attendant Godot, 1952), Endgame (1957), Krapp’s Last Tape (1958), and Happy Days (1961), and novels Murphy (1938), Molloy (1951), Malone Dies (1951), The Unnamable (1953), and Watt (1953).
In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for his writing, which – in new forms for the novel and drama – in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation.”
ESTRAGON: Perhaps he could dance first and think afterwards, if it isn’t too much to ask him.
VLADIMIR: (to Pozzo). Would that be possible?
POZZO: By all means, nothing simpler. It’s the natural order.
(Also known as: Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.)'Act I' Waiting for Godot (1952)