Al. Th. Ionescu - penname of Alexandru Teodor Ionescu - critic, essayist and literary historian. Born on February 9th 1950 in Udupu (Teleorman), he is the son of Marin Ionescu, a physician, and of Maria Ionescu, a teacher.
After graduating the “Nicolae Balcescu” (now “Bratianu”) secondary school of Piteşti (1969), he graduated in 1974 from the Faculty of Philology (Romanian-French) of the “Babeş-Bolyai” University in Cluj Napoca. Between 1972 and 1974 he was an editor and columnist of “Echinox” literary review in Cluj Napoca, and a member of the group of young writers of the review. In 1991, together with Miron Codrun. Nicolae Oprea and Calin Vlasie, he was a member of the group which reestablished “Calende” literary review, whose editorial coordinator he was until 1996.
e made his debut in print in “Echinox” literary review (no. 4/1972). His first book was The Adventure of Short Fiction in the ‘80s / Aventura prozei scurte in anii ‘80 (“Calende”, 1995). He contributed essays and criticism to the following literary review: “Echinox”, “Familia”, “Argeş”, “Viata studenteasca”, “Tribuna”, “Contrapunct”, “Calende”, “Cuvântul”, “Zburatorul”, “Vatra” and others. He contributed to cultural broadcasts of the Romanian Television, Romanian Radio Cultural and BBC Radio. One of his articles was included in the anthology The Competition Continues. The ‘80s Generation in Literary Criticism / Competitia continua. Generatia ‘80 in texte teoretice edited by Gheorghe Craciun (Vlasie, 1994).
In 1983, he travelled in the Soviet Union (Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaidjan, Russia), and after 1990 to the Republic of Moldova and France. At present, the author is a professor of Romanian Language and Literature at “Vlaicu Voda” secondary school in Curtea de Argeş, a member of the board of “Calende” literary review and an editor of “Paralela 45” literary review.
He is a member of the Association of Professional Writers in Romania - ASPRO and of the Association of Romanian Journalists - AZR. A number of authors have written critical assessments of his work, such as: Adrian Tudurachi (“Echinox”, no. 1-2-3/1994); Nicolae Oprea (“Calende”, no. 4-5/1995); Al. Cistelecan (“Vatra”, no. 5/1995); Al. Spânu (“Luceafârul”, no. 27/1995); Gheorghe Mocuta (“Area”, no. 5/1995); Mircea Bârsila (“Curierul Zilei”, June 17” 1995); Tania Radii (“LA & I”, no. 35/1995); Liviu Petrescu (in The Poetics of Postmodernism / Poetica postmodernismului, Paralela 45, 1997); Stefan Vida Marinescu (in The Test of Transparence / Proba transparentei, Euro-Vida, 1998).