Beckett’s Philosophical and Literary EffectsJune 28, 2021
Of all modernists writing in English, Beckett’s work is the most persistent attack on the realist tradition.
Beckett paved the way for drama and novel, freed from traditional themes and the singularity of time and place, in order to focus on the basic components of the human condition. Writers such as Václav Havel, Aidan Higgins, and Harold Pinter have openly expressed their gratitude to Beckett. Beckett’s main influence was on experimental literature, beginning with the Beat Generation in the 1950s and continuing through the events of the 1960s. In Ireland, he influenced poets such as John Banville and Derek Mahon.
Many, including Luciano Berio, György Kurtág, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Heinz Holliger and Pascal Dusapin. The 19th-century composer created his musical works based on his texts. Beckett’s work has also influenced many visual artists such as Bruce Nauman, Alexander Arotin, and Avigdor Arikha. Arikha painted several portraits of Beckett and illustrated her works, influenced by her literary world. Willie and Eddie, two of the main characters in the 1984 movie of American film director Jim Jarmusch, “Stranger Than Paradise”, were compared to Vladimir and Estragon, the two protagonists of Waiting for Godot, by the critics.
Beckett is one of the most admired and most debated 20th-century writers. Opinions about it are divided into two. In their philosophical criticism, Jean-Paul Sartre and Theodor Adorno praised him for exposing the absurd, while several other critics for rejecting simplicity in their work. Other critics, such as Georg Lukacs, criticized Beckett for the lack of philosophical realism in his works.
Some of Beckett’s best-known photographs are those taken by photographer John Minihan. The photographer who took photographs of Beckett between 1980 and 1985 developed a very good relationship with the author and eventually became the author’s official photographer. One of these photographs was shown among the three best photographs of the 20th century. However, the most reprinted photograph of Beckett was taken by theatrical photographer John Haynes. This photo was also used on the cover of Knowlson’s biography. The photo was taken during a rehearsal at London’s Royal Court Theatre, where Haynes photographed several Beckett productions.
In 2006, 20 euro gold commemorative coins were issued by the Bank of Ireland to commemorate the centennial of Beckett’s birth. The coins, which were minted in 20,000 copies and were put into circulation on May 2, 2006, had the Irish harp and the inscription “Samuel Beckett 1906 – 1989” on the writing side. On the Tura side, there was a scene from Beckett’s best known play, Waiting for Godot.
Since Beckett’s death, all staging rights to his plays belong to The Beckett Legacy, directed by the author’s nephew, Edward Beckett. This administration is famous for controlling how plays are staged and strictly does not allow productions that do not follow the stage instructions in the plays.