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PLAY BECKETT/ALBEE
Marian Seldes and Brian Murray, left to right, costar in BECKETT/ALBEE an evening featuring Edward Albee one-act "Counting the Ways" and three Samuel Beckett monologues ("Not I," "Footfalls" and "A Piece of Monologue"). The production is directed LAWRENCE SACHAROW, who previously directed Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play THREE TALL WOMEN. Delphi Harrington and Peter Kybart are also featured in the cast. (UPI Photo/Carol Rosegg/Big Apple Circus)
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Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde writer, dramatist and poet, writing in English and French. Beckett's work offers a bleak outlook on human culture and both formally and philosophically became increasingly minimalist in his later career.

As a student, assistant, and friend of James Joyce, Beckett is considered one of the last modernists; as an inspiration to many later writers, he is sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is also considered one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called "Theatre of the Absurd". As such, he is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century.

Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984.

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