Eugène Ionesco (1726 words)

  • Edward Forman (University of Bristol)

Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994) was the leading exponent along with Samuel Beckett of the Theatre of the Absurd in 1950s France. His plays, often given provocative subtitles such as anti-pièce [anti-play] or farce tragique [tragic farce], call into question many of the assumptions and expectations of conventional playwrights and their audiences, while remaining intensely dramatic and spectacular, often combining wit, inventive verbal fantasy and serious allegorical implications. His humour often recalls Surrealism, celebrating the irrational, and reflecting the nightmarish quality of his scenarios and of his characters' obsessions.

Romanian by birth, with a French …

Forman, Edward. "Eugène Ionesco". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 November 2008
[, accessed 25 October 2016.]

Articles on Ionesco's works

  1. La Cantatrice chauve [The Bald Prima Donna].
  2. Le Roi se meurt [The King is Dying/Exit the King].

Related Groups

  1. Experiment and Avant-Gardes
  2. Theatre of the Absurd