Jarry and Me: The Autobiography of Alfred Jarry

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Absintheur Press, a Division of Moving Finger Press, Sep 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages

Is this Alfred Jarry finally writing Oakley Hall III's autobiography or the other way around? It reads--magnificently--as both at the same time, thus as another instance of that hidden wisdom: we are never only one, but always the occasion of many.

Maybe it is Ubu himself fondling the hen, I mean holding the pen? Was there ever pathos in Pataphysics?

If not, here it is: one bridge further, Oakley Hall III is at it again, biosplicing his & Jarry s life in the theater and Jarry and his theater in life.

You are hereby introduced into the Hall of Post-Pataphysics.

-- Prof. Pierre Joris, author of Poasis and A Nomad Poetics


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About the author (2010)

I, Oakley Hall III, am an author and playwright. I've translated all three of Alfred Jarry's UBU plays, and staged UBU REX in New York City and at our Lexington Conservatory Theatre, in Lexington, New York, where I was Artistic Director from 1976-1978.

I had an Accident in 1978. At Lexington. In Upstate New York.

Alfred Jarry was an avant-garde French playwright, artist, and raconteur, best known for his almost-drawing-style farces, featuring Ubu.

He died in 1907. Of too much absinthe. In Paris. I was, kind of, after my Accident, looking for this autobiography, and I found it at a Used Stuff Sale, maybe my stuff, in upstate New York. It was in a sack along with a loose-leaf, typewritten translation of Jean Anouilh's BECKET. It was in a dark folder, and said JARR across it.

So. Here is his Autobiography, and some of Mine. 

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