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Martin Esslin

Autumn 1960

The Absurdity of the Absurd

By Martin Esslin

A Note on Ward Hooker’s essay on “Irony and Absurdity in the Avant-Garde Theatre.” (Kenyon Review, Summer, 1960.) Mr. Ward Hooker’s essay contains some penetrating observations on the comic element […]

Spring 1982

Language, You Wretch

By Wolfgang Bauer, translated by Martin Esslin

From the Austrian.  Language, you wretch ulcerous cancer, you, upon yourself, death-rattling exhaust world-distorter, repulsive teenagers' dream of trembling brain-puddings, deaf and blind you stumble crutch upon mouldering crutch across […]