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The Theatre of the Absurd

The Theatre of the Absurd

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Written by Martin EsslinAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Martin Esslin

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: January 6, 2004
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-7523-2 (1-4000-7523-8)
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An internationally renowned critic and scholar, Martin Esslin probably is best recognized for coining the phrase that came to define the work of such playwrights as Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett. Born Julius Pereszlenyi on June 6, 1918, in Budapest at the sunset of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Esslin attended the University of Vienna, where he studied philosophy and English. He then studied theatrical direction at Vienna's famed Reinhardt Seminar of Dramatic Art. Among his noted books are The Anatomy of Drama (1965), The Peopled Wound: The Work of Harold Pinter (1970), Artaud (1976) and The Age of Television (1981). Esslin died in February 2002, and is survived by his wife and a daughter, Monica Esslin of London, England.