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The theatre of the absurd

Author: Martin Esslin
Publisher: Garden City, New York : Anchor Books, Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1961.
Series: Anchor Books, A279.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The plays of Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Arthur Adamov, Jean Genet, and a number of other avant-garde writers in France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the United States mark a new development in the contemporary theatre. Because its basic premise is the absurdity of the human condition, Martin Eslin has called it the Theatre of the Absurd. In this book he analyzes the work of its major exponenets and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Esslin, Martin, 1918-2002.
Theatre of the absurd.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1961
(OCoLC)647011570
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Esslin
OCLC Number: 329986
Notes: Cover design: Jack Wolfgang Beck.
Description: xxiv, 364 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction: the absurdity of the absurd --
Samuel Beckett: the search for the self --
Arthur Adamov: the curable and the incurable --
Eugene Ionesco: theatre and anti-theatre --
Jean Genet: a hall of mirrors --
Parallels and proselytes: Jean Tardieu, Boris Vian, Dino Buzzati, Ezio d'Errico, Manuel de Pedrolo, Fernando Arrabal, Amos Kenan, Max Frisch, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Günter Grass, Robert Pinget, Harold Pinter, Norman Frederick Simpson, Edward Albee --
The tradition of the absurd --
The significance of the absurd --
Notes.
Series Title: Anchor Books, A279.
Responsibility: by Martin Esslin.

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The plays of Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Arthur Adamov, Jean Genet, and a number of other avant-garde writers in France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the United States mark a new development in the contemporary theatre. Because its basic premise is the absurdity of the human condition, Martin Eslin has called it the Theatre of the Absurd. In this book he analyzes the work of its major exponenets and traces its antecents ... At the same time he shows how it reflects the changes in science, psychology, and philosophy that have been taking place--Cover.

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