from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. French dramatist (born in Romania) who was a leading exponent of the theater of the absurd (1912-1994)


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The backdrop: Tynan wants Welles and Olivier to work together in a production of Ionesco's Rhinoceros.

    Fern Siegel: Stage Door: Man and Boy, Orson's Shadow

  • How, we have to ask, could the jurors have erred so badly as to neglect James Joyce, Eugene Ionesco, Eudora Welty, and Vladimir Nabokov?

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  • In a way, yes, argues Dr. Llinas: Say you go to see [Ionesco's] 'Rhinoceros' or [Beckett's] 'Waiting for Godot.'

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  • 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.

    Comedy in Literature

  • 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.

    He Knew It When He Saw It

  • 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.

    The Taming of the Shrew; The Trial of Ubu; Our New Girl – review

  • Afterward came theater in Mexico, where he directed 100 shows ranging from Ionesco to Strindberg and co-founded the "Theater of Panic" movement.

    Confessions of a Radical Mind


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