April 13, 2012

Video: Happy Birthday, Samuel Beckett


He was born on this day in 1906 in a part of Dublin called Foxrock. For this reader, Beckett was one of the first modernists to truly demonstrate and electrify the possibilities of experimental writing.

There’s scarce video online from when he was alive. Hopefully the below, in which Harold Pinter delivers a poignant eulogy, suffices and helps remember the man whose many stories, essays, plays and poems continue to challenge and delight.

Kevin Murphy is the digital media marketing manager of Melville House.