Monday, September 3, 2007

Eugene Ionesco (1912-1994)

Sierra Club


No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.


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Born November 26, 1912, in Slatina, Romania. Ionesco was one of the foremost playwrights of the theater of the absurd. The son of a Romanian father and a French mother, he spent most of his childhood in France but in his early teenage years returned to Romania, where he qualified as a teacher of French and married in 1936. He returned to France in 1938 to complete his doctoral thesis. Caught by the outbreak of war in 1939, he remained there, eventually becoming a gifted writer. He was made a member of the Academie Francaise in 1970. He died on March 28, 1994 and is buried in the Cimetiere de Montparnasse, Paris, France. His works are: The Bald Soprano (1950), The Lesson (1951), The Chairs (1952), Rhinoceros (1959), The Killer (1958) , Exit the King (1962) , A Stroll in the Air (1963), Hunger and Thirst (1964). Ionesco's theoretical writings are: Notes and Counternotes (1962), Fragments of a Journal (1966), Le Solitaire (1973), and Journeys among the Dead (1980). [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Eugene Ionesco.]

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