Eugène Ionesco

1909 - 1994

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Eugène Ionesco (French: [øʒɛn jɔnɛsko]; born Eugen Ionescu, Romanian: [e.uˈdʒen joˈnesku] (listen); 26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian-French playwright who wrote mostly in French, and was one of the foremost figures of the French avant-garde theatre in the 20th century. Ionesco instigated a revolution in ideas and techniques of drama, beginning with his "anti play", The Bald Soprano. Ionesco contributed to the beginnings of what is known as the Theatre of the Absurd, which includes a number of plays that, following the ideas of the philosopher Albert Camus, explore concepts of absurdism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eugène Ionesco has received more than 786,756 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Eugène Ionesco is the 140th most popular writer (up from 170th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Romania (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Romanian Writer.

Eugène Ionesco is most famous for his absurdist play, "The Bald Soprano."

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Among writers, Eugène Ionesco ranks 140 out of 5,794Before him are Boris Pasternak, Sully Prudhomme, Günter Grass, Apuleius, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Charlotte Brontë. After him are Tove Jansson, Aldous Huxley, Haruki Murakami, Catullus, J. D. Salinger, and John Steinbeck.

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Among people born in 1909, Eugène Ionesco ranks 1After him are Juliana of the Netherlands, Simone Weil, Peter Drucker, Francis Bacon, Andrei Gromyko, Stepan Bandera, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Kwame Nkrumah, U Thant, Osamu Dazai, and Elia Kazan. Among people deceased in 1994, Eugène Ionesco ranks 7Before him are Kim Il-sung, Karl Popper, Richard Nixon, Charles Bukowski, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Erik Erikson. After him are Erich Honecker, Elias Canetti, Linus Pauling, Ayrton Senna, Andrei Chikatilo, and Burt Lancaster.

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In Romania

Among people born in Romania, Eugène Ionesco ranks 5 out of 572Before him are Vlad the Impaler (1431), Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918), Béla Bartók (1881), and Matthias Corvinus (1443). After him are Alaric I (376), Stephen Báthory (1533), Tristan Tzara (1896), John Hunyadi (1407), Ion Antonescu (1882), Elena Ceaușescu (1916), and Mircea Eliade (1907).

Among WRITERS In Romania

Among writers born in Romania, Eugène Ionesco ranks 1After him are Tristan Tzara (1896), Paul Celan (1920), Herta Müller (1953), Jacob L. Moreno (1889), Elie Wiesel (1928), Mihai Eminescu (1850), Dimitrie Cantemir (1673), Panait Istrati (1884), Dositej Obradović (1742), Károly Kerényi (1897), and Lajos Zilahy (1891).