Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994) was a French-Romanian Absurdist playwright and 24-year member of the Académie française. His most essential plays, including works like Rhinocéros and The Chairs, are touchstones of mid-century French Avant-Garde theatre. A world-renowned and respected writer, Ionesco died in 1994 at the age of 84.

"The absence of ideology in a work does not mean an absence of ideas; on the contrary it fertilizes them."

-French-Romanian Absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco, from "A Reply to Kenneth Tynan," 1958
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