American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Ionesco, Eugène 1912-1994. Romanian-born French dramatist whose plays The Bald Soprano (1956) and Rhinoceros (1959) are classics of the Theater of the Absurd.
- n. French dramatist (born in Romania) who was a leading exponent of the theater of the absurd (1912-1994)
“In those days, a dense and deadly politeness ruled British society that was satirized in Ionesco's Bald Soprano, and ignored in this Granada TV drama.”
“I shall be too late!) to the clock in Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano that strikes now 17, now seven, now three, now not at all.”
“Within this seemingly normal home life, Messerli developed at a young age a passion for theater, reading American and European figures such as Ionesco, Pinter, Albee, and Genet as an early teenager.”
“The backdrop: Tynan wants Welles and Olivier to work together in a production of Ionesco's Rhinoceros.”
“How, we have to ask, could the jurors have erred so badly as to neglect James Joyce, Eugene Ionesco, Eudora Welty, and Vladimir Nabokov?”
“In a way, yes, argues Dr. Llinas: Say you go to see [Ionesco's] 'Rhinoceros' or [Beckett's] 'Waiting for Godot.”
“This kind of comedy can be seen in many of the great twentieth-century writers -- Joyce, Beckett, Ionesco, such American writers as Barth, Heller, and Stanley Elkin.”
“Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Eugène Ionesco and the pseudonymous author of the sado-masochistic fantasy "The Story of O" were only a few of those who found a welcome from Seaver at Grove Press in the 1950s and 1960s.”
“Alfred Jarry has a lot to answer for: his Ubu Roi (1896) ushered in a fleet of absurdist dramas, beginning with Ionesco and ending (I hope) with the Goons.”
“Afterward came theater in Mexico, where he directed 100 shows ranging from Ionesco to Strindberg and co-founded the "Theater of Panic" movement.”
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