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Ar·taud(är-tō′), Antonin 1896-1948.
French surrealist poet and playwright who advocated a deliberately shocking and confrontational style of drama he called "Theatre of Cruelty."
(Biography) Antonin (ɑ̃tɔnɛ̃). 1896–1948, French stage director and dramatist, whose concept of the theatre of cruelty is expounded in Manifeste du théâtre de la cruauté (1932) and Le Théâtre et son double (1938)