Great literary figures simultaneously acting as style icons is nothing new. We've heard many of the same names before - Hemmingway, Kerouac, Wolfe, Faulkner, etc. Surprisingly, a name that fails to pop up is that of Samuel Beckett. It's hard to say if the Irish writer's sometimes polarizing work has anything to do with this, but regardless of how you feel about his life's work I think we can all agree that Beckett had some serious style chops. His look was analogous to his writing, minimalist and often bleak. Most pictures you find of Beckett find themselves squarely in the category of F/W traditionalism, which is a timeless look. Beckett seemed to be especially fond of the turtleneck and sportcoat combo. This is a look I've been seeing a lot lately and one that is quite difficult to pull off no matter how simple its elements may be. But looking back on Beckett is a wonderful cold weather primer nonetheless. He was able to cultivate a look that was parts distinguished, ruggedly proper, brooding and clean all rolled into one. The extremely private author's wife famously called his winning of the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature a "catastrophe". Despite his aversion to attention he did entertain his many admirers in Paris up until his death in 1989, though I doubt anybody wanted to talk about his hair.