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The poems are in French and English, the prose selections in English translation.

Dynix#: 469064
NNBR#: 700291824
LCCN#: 63017002
Hardcover, 1 page
Published January 28th 1980 by Grove Press (first published 1965)
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Alfred Jarry is an acquired taste, most certainly.
If you are familiar with the works of playwrights such as Eugene Ionesco, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, or the novels of Andre Breton, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or Stanley Elkin or Harlan Ellison, then reading Jarry will be a treat. The works of Alfred Jarry are considered precursors to the surrealist, dada, and absurdist movements.
I'd read very little Jarry before this, but I was most impressed with his plays. The 'Ubu' plays are outrageously fun...more
Ben Winch
Jarry! He's almost more important for what he represents than for his writing: anarchy, the absurd, life as art. To pay him homage is a sly wink in itself, and plenty of noteworthy 'geniuses' have slyly winked thus. Me, I'll take Ubu Roi (his first play, written while he was in high school, infamous in Paris upon its first performances) over the rest of his ouvre any day. It's an out-and-out classic: you could substitute Ubu for any half-witted would-be dictator throughout history (my pick is Au...more
Mar 02, 2008 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who knows what this word means
This is probably in my top 10 favorite bks. Esp b/c of "Exploits and Opinions of Doctor Faustroll Pataphysician - a Neo Scientific Novel" wch was, by far, one of the most original & bizarre novels that I'd read at the time. I often imagine that I'm Jarry reincarnated. Either that or I'm a reincarnation of the sun as "a cool, solid, and homogeneous globe." It depends on wch psychic makes me regress to my past lives. The cheaper ones have me being Jarry's rat-gnawed bike tire but I only partia...more
sooooooo, I have the ability to check out books from Naropa's Allen Ginsberg Library for...years at a time...and I just can't seem to give this book back. I will give it back, once it is finished having its way with me. Jarry's translator, Simon Watson Taylor, gave this book to Naropa and writes in swirly blue ink:

...for the Naropa Institute Library,
from Simon Watson Taylor,
Boulder, Colo.
May Full Moon, 1981

Fulani Fulani
Early surrealism. An acquired taste but great fun, often with underlying critiques of politics and religion. It does feel dated these days, but it's a an icon of a particularly fevered and experimental movement in late 19th/early 20th century literature.
Eric Phetteplace
Amusing but not amazing. The Ubu plays were pretty weak, the poems worthless, but the prose in the 2nd half--Dr. Faustroll in particular--was pretty great.
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Alfred Jarry was a French writer born in Laval, Mayenne, France, not far from the border of Brittany; he was of Breton descent on his mother's side.
Best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), which is often cited as a forerunner to the surrealist theatre of the 1920s and 1930s, Jarry wrote in a variety of genres and styles. He wrote plays, novels, poetry, essays and speculative journalism. His texts p...more
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Ubu Roi The Ubu Plays: Ubu Rex / Ubu Cuckolded / Ubu Enchained Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician The Supermale Adventures in 'Pataphysics

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