Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian and French playwright and dramatist, and one of the foremost playwrights 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. more »
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''Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.''Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. International Herald Tribune (Paris, June 17, 1988).
''A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.''Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Romanian-born French playwright. (Published 1962). "An Address Delivered to a Gathering of French and German Writers," pt. 2...
''Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion, a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs.''Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born French playwright. repr. in Notes and Counter Notes, pt. 1 (1962). "Experience of the Theatre," no. 62, N.R.F....
''Banality is a symptom of non-communication. Men hide behind their clichés.''Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born-French playwright. "Further Notes, 1960," pt. 4, Notes and Counter-Notes (1962).
''Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well.''Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912), Rumanian-born-French playwright. Present PastPast Present, ch. 5 (1968).