Eugene Ionesco

Ionesco, Eugène

Eugène Ionesco (özhĕn´ yŏnĕs´kō), 1912–94, French playwright, b. Romania. Settling in France in 1938, he contributed to Cahiers du Sud and began writing avant-garde plays. His works stress the absurdity both of bourgeois values and of the way of life that they dictate. They express the futility of human endeavor in a universe ruled by chance. His play La Cantatrice chauve (1950; tr. The Bald Soprano, 1965) was suggested by the idiotic phrases in an English language textbook; it has become an enormously popular classic of the theater of the absurd. Among Ionesco's other plays are La Leçon (1951), Les Chaises (1952), Victimes du devoir (1953), Le Nouveau locataire (1957), Tueur sans gages (1958), Rhinocéros (1959), Photo du colonel (1967), Le roi se meurt (1963), and Jeux de massacre (1970). He wrote about the theater in Notes and Counternotes (1962, tr. 1964); a memoir, Present Past, Past Present (1968, tr. 1971); and the novel The Hermit (1974). His plays are all available in English translation.

See studies by L. C. Pronko (1965), R. N. Coe (rev. ed. 1971), A. Lewis (1972), and M. Lazar (1982).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Eugene Ionesco: Selected full-text books and articles

Rhinoceros, and Other Plays By Eugéne Ionesco; Derek Prouse Grove Press, 1960
Makers of the Modern Theater By Barry Ulanov McGraw-Hill, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "The Bald Soprano" by Eugene Ionesco begins on p. 601
Mythology: From Ancient to Post-Modern By Jürgen Kleist; Bruce A. Butterfield Peter Lang, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "The Modern 'Myth of Incommunicability' in Ionesco's Theater: The Chairs and The Bald Soprano" begins on p. 139
The Conflict of Instincts in 'Le Roi Se Meurt.' (Drama) By Dolamore, C. E. J Journal of European Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1, March 1996
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Adam at Odds with Eve: Ionesco and the Woman's Mission By Dolamore, C. E. J Journal of European Studies, Vol. 23, No. 92, December 1993
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Between Myth and Reference: Puig and Ionesco By Issacharoff, Michael; Madrid, Lelia The Romanic Review, Vol. 87, No. 3, May 1996
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Staging the Impossible: The Fantastic Mode in Modern Drama By Patrick D. Murphy Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Ionesco and L'insolite"
20th Century French Drama By David I. Grossvogel Columbia University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Ionesco, Adamov, Beckett"
Avant Garde Theatre, 1892-1992 By Christopher Innes Routledge, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Eugene O'Neill - Eugene Ionesco - Sam Shepard" begins on p. 215
Dionysus in Paris: A Guide to Contemporary French Theater By Wallace Fowlie Meridian Books, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "Ionesco (1912-)" begins on p. 229
Reception and Renewal in Modern Spanish Theatre, 1939-1963 By John London W. S. Maney & Son, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Eugene Ionesco" begins on p. 120
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.5, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Eugene Ionesco" p. 619-634
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