Eugene Ionesco was born in 1912. He had a French mother and a Romanian father. In France, where he lived most of his life, Ionesco claimed to have had an incomparible changing experience. His attitude toward life was that the world was rather negative due tot he fact that he had thoughts of comparing it to dirt and decay, and connecting it with corruption, and the futility of action. The strange representation of euphoric peace with meaningless reality unconsciously influenced his life and work in the future.
As Ionesco still was a teenager his life was coined by the divorce of his parents and the move to Romania. After he began to study (French Literature) at the University of Bucharest he married Rodicia Burileanu. Later in his life he then got a daugther and moved back to France. While World War II, Ionesco lived in Marseilles and he moved to Paris when the war was over.
In comparison with other playwrighters, Eugene Ionesco was a ‚late boomer’ – he wrote hist first play, The Bald Soprano when he was in his forties.
Ionesco 's most famous works include The Lesson (1951), The Chairs (1952), and Rhinoceros (1959). Ionesco named his plays to be „anti-plays“ because they break traditional rules of sequence and plot. The plays explore mortality and existential questions as a joke with fanciful humor. Ionesco very cleverly uses meaningless words to cross the thin boundry of reality and fiction.
In 1962, Martin Esslin identified Ionesco as a leading writer in the "Theater of