The Theatre of the Absurd
by Esslin, Martin | The arts
Paperback | 432 pages
The ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ has become a familiar term to describe a group of radical European playwrights – writers such as Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet and Harold Pinter – whose dark, funny and humane dramas wrestled profoundly with the meaningless absurdity of the human condition. It is a testament to the power and insight of Martin Esslin’s landmark work, originally published in 1961, that its title should enter the English language in the way that it has.
Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series with a new preface by Marvin Carlson, The Theatre of the Absurd remains to this day a clear-eyed work of criticism on a compelling period of European writing.