The Theatre of the Absurd

The Theatre of the Absurd

Vintage Books, New York, New York, 2003


The book is about the absurdist genre of playwriting—plays like Waiting for Godot and Rhinoceros and playwrights such as Beckett, Arrabal and Ionesco. Themes include the perversity of existence, the slow passage of time, the reduction of man to his barest elements, being swallowed into the void, the absurdity at the core of human existence. Fun stuff like that.

Juror Notes

“The jury loved this cover, hands down. It’s serious, yet absurd.” Cheryl Towler Weese

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2003
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Design firm
Vintage Books
Art director
John Gall
Jacket designer
John Gall
Martin Esslin
Vintage Books
Trim size
5 3/16 x 8”
Quantity printed
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Book type
Literature and nonfiction