Beckett's connection with France, French and Paris
Did you know, that Beckett's family name was Becquet?
family was originally Becquet
, and had Huguenot roots. They moved from France to Ireland when Edict of Nantes has been revoked in 1685.
Samuel Beckett in Paris, France
Beckett in Paris was a lecteur d'anglais
(english lector) in the École Normale Supérieure, by rue d'Ulm
in Paris. There Thomas MacGreevy introduced him to James Joyce
In 1940 Samuel was French reader at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1938 he finally moved to France, and 1945 begins his writing in French.
Beckett's literature works in French
The most famous Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot
, was first written in French with title En attendant Godot
. It was written in French between October 1948 and January 1949, and first published in 1952, and first shown on scene in 1953. The play had a big success in Paris. It was published in English in 1954, two years after french version. Beckett translated it himself. All French works consist of:
Godot/Waiting for Godot (play in two acts)
||Nouvelles et Textes
Pour Rien/Stories and Texts for Nothing
Partie/Endgame (one-act play) followed by: Acte sans
Paroles I/Act without Words I
||Comment C'est/How It
||Têtes Mortes (D'un
ouvrage abandonné/From an Abandoned Work, Imagination
Morte Imaginez/Imagination Dead Imagine, Bing/Ping)
||Pas, suivi de Quatre
Esquisses/Steps, followed by Four Sketches
Beckett's French wife
He married Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil in 1961. She was a piano student.
After Samuel won the Nobel Prize
, Suzanne said about it: "This is a catastrophe." And Beckett refused to attend the Nobel ceremony
Grave in Paris
Beckett died on December 22, 1989, in Paris, and was buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris, France. On his grave has bben carved: Samuel Beckett 1906-1989>
nad his wife Suzanne name and dates of life. There is a tree nearby, resembling his play, Waiting for Godot
, where a tree was an important part of scene decorations.
Beckett and James Joyce
| Beckett as Aosdana Samoi
| Beckett's connection with France, French and Paris
| En attendant Godot
| Nobel Prize in 1969
| Other people with this name
| Samuel Beckett
| Samule Beckett
| Waiting for Godot