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Martin Julius Esslin OBE (6 June 1918 24 February 2002) was a Hungarian-born English producer and playwright dramatist, journalist, adaptor and translator, critic, academic scholar and professor of drama best known for coining the term "Theatre of the Absurd" in his work of that name (1961). John Calder, dramatic material publisher and Samuel Beckett confidante, found Esslin's book "the most influential theatrical text of the 1960s."

Born Julius Pereszlényi () in Budapest, Esslin moved to Vienna with his family at a young age. He studied Philosophy and English at the University of Vienna and also graduated from the Reinhardt Seminar as a producer. Of Jewish descent, he fled Austria in the wake of the Anschluss of 1938.

Esslin defined the 'Theatre of the Absurd' as that which

... strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition and the inadequacy of the rational approach by the open abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought.

Esslin's definition encompassed not only Beckett's works but those of Eugčne Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Jean Genet, Günter Grass and Edward Albee amongst others.

He began working for the BBC in 1940, serving as a producer, script writer and broadcaster. He was head of BBC Radio Drama 1963-77, having previously worked for the external European Service. After leaving the BBC he held senior academic posts at Florida State and Stanford Universities.

He also adapted and translated many works from the original German, for example many plays of Wolfgang Bauer between 1967 and 1990. Original works included the seminal Theatre of the Absurd, and The Field of Drama.
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Total Books: 54
The Theatre of the Absurd
2014 - The Theatre of the Absurd [Bloomsbury Revelations] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781472577023
ISBN-10: 1472577027
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

Das Theater des Absurden
2006 - Das Theater Des Absurden (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783499556845
ISBN-10: 3499556847

The Age of Television
2001 - The Age of Television (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780765808882
ISBN-10: 0765808889

Antonin Artaud
1993 - Antonin Artaud (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780714542041
ISBN-10: 0714542040
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Pinter the Playwright
1992 - Pinter the Playwright (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780413666802
ISBN-10: 0413666808

The Field of Drama How the Signs of Drama Create Meaning on Stage and Screen
1987 - The Theatre of the Absurd [Peregrine Books] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Brecht A Choice of Evils
1980 - Brecht a Choice of Evils [Modern Theatre Profiles] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413466501
ISBN-10: 0413466507
Genre: Literature & Fiction

An Anatomy of Drama
1977 - An Anatomy of Drama (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780809005505
ISBN-10: 0809005506
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

Antonin Artaud The Man and His Work
1976 - Antonin Artaud the Man and His Work [Modern Masters] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780006338314
ISBN-10: 0006338313
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

Theatre of the Absurd
1974 - Theatre of the Absurd (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780413311306
ISBN-10: 0413311309
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Brecht The Man and His Work
1974 - Brecht the Man and His Work (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393007541
ISBN-10: 0393007545
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Pinter A Study of His Plays
1973 - Pinter a Study of His Plays [Modern Theatre Profiles] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780413297303
ISBN-10: 0413297306
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Brief Chronicles Essays on Modern Theatre
1970 - Brief Chronicles Essays on Modern Theatre (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780851170008
ISBN-10: 0851170005

Bertolt Brecht
1969 - Bertolt Brecht (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780231029629
ISBN-10: 0231029624
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Peopled Wound The Work of Harold Pinter
The Peopled Wound the Work of Harold Pinter (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780385077576
ISBN-10: 0385077572

The Field of Drama How the Signs of Drama Create Meaning on Stage  Screen
Brecht a choice of evils A critical study of the man his work and his opinions
Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Theatre
Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Theatre (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500272077
ISBN-10: 0500272077
Genre: Reference