Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/11/26

“November 26, 1909” by Rick Sanders

Born November 26, 1909, Eugène Ionesco

Born November 26, 1909, Eugène Ionesco (Photo credit: Père Ubu)

It is 1909. Eugène Ionesco, the Romanian-French playwright is born. He dies in 1994. Wikipedia says:

Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈd͡ʒen i.oˈnesku]; 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence.

Though best known as a playwright, plays were not his first chosen medium. He started writing poetry and criticism, publishing in several Romanian journals. Two early writings of note are Nu, a book criticizing many other writers, including prominent Romanian poets, and Hugoliade, or, The grotesque and tragic life of Victor Hugo a satirical biography mocking Victor Hugo‘s status as a great figure in French literature. The Hugoliade includes exaggerated retellings of the most scandalous episodes in Hugo’s life and contains prototypes for many of Ionesco’s later themes: the ridiculous authoritarian character, the false worship of language.

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