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Biography of an absurdist playwright

"The universe seems to me infinitely strange and foreign.  At such a moment I gaze upon it with a mixture of anguish and euphoria; separate from the universe, as though placed at a certain distance outside it;  I look and see pictures, creatures that move in a kind of timeless time and spaceless space emitting sounds that are a kind of language I no longer understand or ever register."

-Eugene Ionesco


Eugene Ionesco(playwright)
  • Made characters into caricatures and pushed dramatic action to the point that it was ridiculous.
  • Presented comic characters who lose control of their own existence.
  • Born in Romania in 1912 and died in 1994.
  • Studied at the University of Bucharest and taught french in  a high school.
  • Married in 1936
  • He was a playwright on accident
  • First play was The Bald Soprano(1949)-ironic because he had no interest in theatre at the time
  • Felt that the reality of living performers clashed with the fictionalized world of the stage.
  • Throughout his career, he remained adamantly opposed to the concept of didactic drama.  He felt that the pupose of theatre is not to teach a lesson, but to present a vision of life that is enlightening and entertaining.
  • Ionesco's election in the French Academy in 1970 made it clear that absurdism was beginning to be accepted into the mainstream.

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