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Ubu Roi

ISBN-10: 0486426874
ISBN-13: 9780486426877
Edition: 2003
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Description: A stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences with its scatological references during the 1896 premiere, the farce satirizes the tendency of the successful bourgeois to abuse his authority and become irresponsibly complacent.  More...

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Book details

List price: $3.50
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

A stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences with its scatological references during the 1896 premiere, the farce satirizes the tendency of the successful bourgeois to abuse his authority and become irresponsibly complacent. Championed by Dadaists and Surrealists as the first absurdist drama, Ubu Roifeatures a main character that is cruel, gluttonous, and grotesque--the author's metaphor for modern man.

Alfred Jarry, eccentric dramatist, poet, and humorist, was born in Laval, France, in 1873. He was the co-founder, with Remy de Gourmont in 1894, of the magazine L'ymagier, which literally translated is "the maker of prints." This magazine, in existence only two years, presented texts and art images from a number of literary avant-garde artists of the late 19th century. Jarry is perhaps best known for the satirical and farcical play Ubu Roi (King Ubu), the first in a series of Ubu plays, published in 1896. Jarry died in 1907 in Paris.

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