The Ubu Plays

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Nick Hern Books, 1997 - Drama - 144 pages
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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.

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About the author (1997)

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.

Kenneth McLeish was born in Glasgow, Scotland on October 10, 1940. He studied music and the classics at Worcester College, Oxford University. Before becoming a full-time author and translator in 1975, he worked as a teacher. He wrote and edited literary guides and cultural companions. His works included Theatre of Aristophanes, Penguin Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought, Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide, Myth, Guide to Greek Drama, and The Pocket Guide to Shakespeare. He also wrote Listeners' Guide to Classical Music with his wife. He translated all 47 of the surviving classical Greek plays as well as individual plays by other playwrights. He also wrote a number of original plays and filmscripts including Orpheus and Vice at the Vicarage and adapted The Oresteia with Frederic Raphael for a BBC Television production entitled The Serpent's Tongue. He died on November 28, 1997 at the age of 57.

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