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Alfred Jarry

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Alfred Jarry’s (1873–1907) creation of the monster-tyrant Ubu in his play Ubu Roi was a watershed in theater history and brought him instant notoriety following its Paris premiere in 1896. In this concise, critical biography, Jill Fell explores this and the many achievements that this multi-talented and influential writer and playwright crammed into his short life.

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Paperback, 219 pages
Published August 15th 2010 by Reaktion Books
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 16, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
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I’d like to think that Jarry’s last deathbed request was for a toothpick (cure-dents, but now I suspect it was for a priest (cureton). He was simply too debilitated and drained of cockiness at the last to go the toothpick route. Not that this lessens my regard for the man. Jarry has been someone I had a very specific, and very intense, impression of, but upon reading this volume my impression, while remaining intense, has become more complex and nuanced; and the fact that he possibly asked for a ...more
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Mar 19, 2011 Tosh rated it it was amazing
The Reaktion Books "Critical Lives" series is an excellent introduction to the avant-garde 19th and 20th Century. One of the latest ones, Jill Fell's "Alfred Jarry," is a very important and equally enjoyable bio on this great French writer/playwright.

The inventor of "the play/puppet play Ubu Roi" and "pataphisics" the study and school of nonsense. Also a man who is fond of guns and racing bicycles. In fact that was his one mode of traveling around France. He as the heart of fin de siécle, yet h
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