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The Theatre of the Absurd

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In 1953, Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" premiered at a tiny avant-garde theatre in Paris; within five years, it had been translated into more than twenty languages and seen by morethan a million spectators. Its startling popularity marked the emergence of a new type of theatre whose proponents-Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, and others--shattered dramatic conventions and paidscant attention to psychological realism, while highlighting their characters' inability to understand one another. In 1961, Martin Esslin gave a name to the phenomenon in his groundbreaking study of theseplaywrights who dramatized the absurdity at the core of the human condition.

Over four decades after its initial publication, Esslin's landmark book has lost none of its freshness. Thequestions these dramatists raise about the struggle for meaning in a purposeless world are still as incisive and necessary today as they were when Beckett's tramps first waited beneath a dying tree on a lonelycountry road for a mysterious benefactor who would never show. Authoritative, engaging, and eminently readable, The Theatre of the Absurd is nothing short of a classic: vital reading for anyone with aninterest in the theatre.

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About the Author

Martin Esslin was born in Budapest and educated in Austria. He read Philosophy and English at Vienna University and graduated as a producer from the Reinhardt Seminar, the well-known dramatic academy. He left Austria in 1938 and in 1940 began working for the BBC as a producer, scriptwriter, and broadcaster. In 1963 he became Head of Radio Drama at the BBC, a position he held until his retirement in 1977. At his death in 2002 at the age of 83 he was Emeritus Professor of Drama at Stanford University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307548016
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Performing Arts : Theater - History & Criticism
Author:
Esslin, Martin
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Drama
Publication Date:
20090402
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
480

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