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Arthur Adamov

(1908–1970) Russian-born French dramatist, one of the most prominent exponents of the Theatre of the Absurd. Adamov was born into a wealthy Armenian family in ...

Absurdism

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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2010

...decades after World War II which seem to dramatize Albert Camus ' philosophical position in Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( 1942 ), translated as The Myth of Sisyphus ( 2005 ), that life is inherently absurd. Esslin identified Samuel Beckett , Eugene Ionesco , Jean Genet , and Arthur Adamov , later adding Harold Pinter to the list, as authors whose work typifies what he means by absurd. Although the work of these authors varies quite widely, it shares in common the creation of impossible situations, wordplay, a pervasive but indefinable sense of menace coupled...

Absurdism

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

...decades after World War II which seem to dramatize Albert Camus ’ philosophical position in Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( 1942 ), translated as The Myth of Sisyphus ( 2005 ), that life is inherently absurd. Esslin identified Samuel Beckett , Eugene Ionesco , Jean Genet , and Arthur Adamov , later adding Harold Pinter to the list, as authors whose work typifies what he means by absurd. Although the work of these authors varies quite widely, it shares in common the creation of impossible situations, wordplay, and a pervasive but indefinable sense of menace...

Theatre of the Absurd

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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...for Godot ( 1955 ) typifies the genre and introduced the term to the public at large. It was seized on by journalists, who unfortunately confused it with the everyday sense of the word as applied to something outrageously comic. Other leading French absurdist dramatists are Arthur Adamov ( 1908–70 ), Eugène Ionesco ( 1912–94 ) and Jean Genet ( 1910–86 ), while the US theatre has Edward Albee ( b.1928 ) and the British stage Harold Pinter ( b.1930 ). A key study of the subject was Martin Esslin 's Theatre of the Absurd ( 1961 ). See also The ...

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