The Ubu Plays
"Ubu Rex", "Ubu Cuckolded", "Ubu Enchained", "Writings on the Theatre" New edition
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Ubu Plays by Alfred Jarry
Book DescriptionA re-issue of three plays that ushered in the great age of absurdist theatre There was a riot at the first performance of Ubu Roi on 10 December 1896, when Firmin Gemier, playing Ubu, strode to the footlights and roared: "Merde!" at the audience, and theatre would never be the same again. Ubu became a force to be reckoned with in literature, art and politics. Jarry wrote more exploits for him and took to acting the role of Ubu himself in his own brief, strange life. This volume contains lively modern translations by Cyril Connolly and Simon Watson Taylor of Ubu Roi, Ubu Cocu and Ubu Enchaine as well as Jarry's writings on theatre."The Ubu explosion sent shrapnel flying into the next century. Dada, Surrealism, Pataphysics, Theatre of Cruelty, the Absurd - all owe a debt to Jarry." (Charles Marowitz, Encore)
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780413679901
(198mm x 129mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 11-Oct-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alfred Jarry
Ubu Roi, Paperback (March 2003)
Stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences at the 1896 premiere with its scatalogical references, features a cruel, gluttonous, and grotesque main character the author's metaphor for modern man."
Supermale, Paperback (July 1999)
By Alfred Jarry. Translated by Ralph Gladstone and Barbara Wright. Introduction by Barbara Wright.
Ubu Plays, Paperback (August 1997)
The satirical farce now acclaimed as the touchstone for the Dada and Surrealist movements, the Theatre of the Absurd, and much of the rest of experimental theatre in the 20th century.
Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, Paperback (February 1997)» View all books by Alfred Jarry
Alfred Jarry is best known as the author of the proto-Dada play Ubu Roi, but this anarchic novel of absurdist philosophy is widely regarded as the central work to his oeuvre. Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll recounts the adventures of the inventor of "Pataphysics ... the science of imaginary solutions."
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