Absurd Literature

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Eugenes mother had sent him and his sister to live with a different family in the Countryside, where he stayed from 1917 through 1919. In his later writings, he describes this time of his life as the most peaceful and quietest. Ionesco and his sister eventually moved back to Paris and once again, lived with his mother and grandparents. He began to write while he attended a school in Rue Dupleix. (Eugene) Becketts dramatic works are not those of traditional drama, he had certain styles of work and he usually had all of his characters involved in some sort of conflict. Beckett was the first of the absurdists to claim international fame, with his works being translated into over twenty different languages. Samuel Beckett is another father figure of the Theater of the Absurd style. Beckett, who was an Irish-born playwright and novelist, was born on April 13, 1906 in the Dublin suburb of Foxrock, Ireland. Beckett was raised in a middle class, protestant home. He is best known for and won international fame with his play En Attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot), which was first performed in Paris on January 5, 1953, and the play received worldwide commendation; however, possibly the most famous production of this play took place at the San Quentin penitentiary for an audience of over fourteen hundred convicts. As much to people surprise, the performance was that of great success. It led the prisoners to understand that life is all about waiting and killing time for the hope that change may be right around the corner and if it doesnt come today, then possibly tomorrow. (Samuel) From 1960 to 1964, Ionesco lived in Paris, and continued working on more performances. In 1969, he received the medal of Monaco, and in December, the Great National Theatre Prize. The following year in 1970, Ionesco was elected a member of the French Academy and that same year he received the Great Australian Prize. Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, Ionesco received many awards and...
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