The Ubu Plays: Includes: Ubu Rex; Ubu Cuckolded; Ubu Enchained

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Drama - 160 pages
27 Reviews
Alfred Jarry is regarded as one of the founders of modern avant-garde theatre— “Dada, Surrealism, Pataphysics, Theatre of Cruelty, the Absurd—all owe a debt to Jarry.” (Encore) This volume contains his three classic Ubu texts: Ubu Roi, Ubu Cocu and Ubu Enchaîné. Through the lucid translations of Connolly and Taylor, the reader comes to realize that the violent and loathsome Ubu is Jarry’s dark metaphor for man in the modern age. As Ubu himself said, “We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well.”
 

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Review: The Ubu Plays: Ubu Rex / Ubu Cuckolded / Ubu Enchained

User Review  - Isobel - Goodreads

While this may be far better to watch in theatre, the written play is very dull. I felt the main theme was overplayed, and the language wasn't nearly interesting enough to make up for that. Read full review

Review: The Ubu Plays: Ubu Rex / Ubu Cuckolded / Ubu Enchained

User Review  - Goodreads

While this may be far better to watch in theatre, the written play is very dull. I felt the main theme was overplayed, and the language wasn't nearly interesting enough to make up for that. Read full review

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Contents

Ubu Cuckolded
73
Ubu Enchained
103
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About the author (2007)

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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