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Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date August 21, 2015
Pages 405
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262528436
ISBN-10 0262528436
Dimensions 1.75 by 8.50 by 10.25 in.
Weight 2.30 lbs.
Original list price $27.95
Other format details university press
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When Alfred Jarry died in 1907 at the age of thirty-four, he was a legendary figure in Paris -- but this had more to do with his bohemian lifestyle and scandalous behavior than his literary achievements. A century later, Jarry is firmly established as one of the leading figures of the artistic avant-garde.

Even so, most people today tend to think of Alfred Jarry only as the author of the play Ubu Roi, and of his life as a string of outlandish "ubuesque" anecdotes, often recounted with wild inaccuracy. In this first full-length critical biography of Jarry in English, Alastair Brotchie reconstructs the life of a man intent on inventing (and destroying) himself, not to mention his world, and the "philosophy" that defined their relation.

Brotchie alternates chapters of biographical narrative with chapters that connect themes, obsessions, and undercurrents that relate to the life. The anecdotes remain, and are even augmented: Jarry's assumption of the "ubuesque," his inversions of everyday behavior (such as eating backward, from cheese to soup), his exploits with gun and bicycle, and his herculean feats of drinking. But Brotchie distinguishes between Jarry's purposely playing the fool and deeper nonconformities that appear essential to his writing and his thought, both of which remain a vital subterranean influence to this day.



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from Mit Pr (August 21, 2015)
9780262528436 | details & prices | 405 pages | 8.50 × 10.25 × 1.75 in. | 2.30 lbs | List price $27.95
About: When Alfred Jarry died in 1907 at the age of thirty-four, he was a legendary figure in Paris -- but this had more to do with his bohemian lifestyle and scandalous behavior than his literary achievements.

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