Coe, Richard N. Ionesco: A Study of His Plays. London: Methuen, 1971. One of several volumes written on Ionesco by the same critic beginning in 1961; the present volume includes a translation of the hitherto unpublished short play The Niece-Wife.
Esslin, Martin. The Theater of the Absurd. Reprint. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1968. Esslin’s groundbreaking study remains authoritative on Ionesco’s theater and on its situation within the context of twentieth century avant-garde drama.
Gaensbauer, Deborah B. Eugène Ionseco Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1996. Replaces an earlier volume (1972) by Allan Lewis in Twayne’s World Authors series; generally sound critical and historical presentation of Ionesco’s dramatic canon and its legacy.
Grossvogel, David I. The Blasphemers: The Theater of Brecht, Ionesco, Beckett, and Genet. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1964. Ionesco is placed in context with other contemporary experimental playwrights.
Jacobsen, Josephine, and William R. Mueller. Ionesco and Genet: Playwrights of Silence. New York: Hill and Wang, 1968. Ionesco is placed in context with other contemporary experimental playwrights.
Kluback, William, and Michael Finkenthal. The Clown in the Agora: Conversations About Eugène Ionesco. New York: P. Lang, 1998. Analyzes Ionesco’s philosophy as it is revealed in his work.
Lamont, Rosette C., ed. Ionesco’s Imperatives: The Politics of Culture. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993. Covers Ionesco’s political stance as reflected in his work, as well as his theories of drama and performance.
Lane, Nancy. Understanding Eugène Ionesco. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1994. Published just before Ionesco’s death, Lane’s study is among the first to take note of Ionesco’s corrected birth date and other biographical details; generally sound readings of the major plays.
Nottingham French Studies 35, no. 1 (1996). Edited by Steven Smith. A special Ionesco issue of the journal published by the University of Nottingham, collecting a dozen articles dealing with all aspects of the author’s thought and theater. Contributors include David Bradby, Ingrid Coleman Chafee, Emmanuel Jacquart, and Rosette Lamont.
Rigg, Patrica. “Ionesco’s Berenger: Existential Philosopher or Philosophical Ironist?” Modern Drama 35 (December, 1992). Examines contrasting impulses in the Bérenger plays.
Sheringham, Michael. “Honors for a Mad Baby.” Times Literary Supplement, September 25, 1992. Excellent survey of his drama.