Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet. He spent much of his life in Paris and wrote in both English and French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969.
His work has been referenced multiple times in the Arthur series:
- The name of the episode "Waiting to Go" references Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." It's plot is also basically the same: Two characters are waiting endlessly for someone.
- In "Muffy's Art Attack," upon Ed Crosswire's decision to buy a kinetic sculpture, Machine with Wishbone by Arthur Ganson, Mr. Ratburn notes that "it brings to mind the tragicomic works of Samuel Beckett, a tiny figure forever yoked to its burden of absurdity." Ed replies: "Yeah, and it's funny".
- In “The Great MacGrady”, Bailey gives his boss Beckett’s absurdist play “Endgame” as a birthday present. Mr. Crosswire thinks it is a thriller.
- Mr. Ratburn's two fish are named Vladimir and Estragon. These names are also the names of the main characters in "Waiting for Godot."