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Samuel Beckett

Novelist

Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989) was an Irish writer, playwright and dramatist; he wrote his works in both English and French. He is best known for his absurd play, Waiting for Godot, but he produced many others such as Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days, Molloy, Malone

Dies and The Unnamable. As well as being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969, he was presented with the French War Cross for his resistance work in World War Two.

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Samuel Johnson

Writer

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), also known as Dr Johnson, was an English writer, poet, playwright, lexicographer and literary critic. He had a distinguished impact on modern English by writing A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. His other more conventional works include A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia and Lives of the Poets.

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Samuel Pepys

Member of Parliament

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was an English diarist, MP and Chief Secretary to the Admiral. He is most famous for the diary he kept from 1660 to 1669: it includes invaluable insights into 17th century England, as well as reporting on exceptional historical events such as The Great Plague, The Great Fire of London, and the Second Dutch War.

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Sigmund Freud

Neurologist

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was an Austrian neurologist, physiologist and the developer of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory. Freud is one of the most influential thinkers of 20th century and although he was nominated twelve times for a Nobel Prize in Medicine, and once for literature, he was never the ultimate winner. Nonetheless, Freud was awarded the Goethe Prize in literature in 1930. Some of his well-known works were The Interpretation of Dreams, Leonardo da Vinci, A Memory of His Childhood, The Ego and the Id and An Outline of Psycho-Analysis.  

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Sylvia Plath

Poet

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She was one of the most gifted poets of the 20th century and was deservingly awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for her works, The Collected Poems. Some of her other notable works were The Colossus and Other Poems, Lady Lazarus, The Bell Jar and Ariel. However, as expressed in much of her work, she experienced severe mental health problems and she sadly committed suicide and died young at the age of thirty.

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