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Alfred Jarry
(1873-1907) born on
Sep 08
French writer. He was the creator of the grotesque and wild satirical farce "Ubu roi," 1896; (King Ubu), which was a forerunner of the Theatre of the Absurd.
         
   
F
The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

R
God is the tangential point between zero and infinity.
A
It is conventional to call "monster" any blending of dissonant elements. . . . I call "monster" every original inexhaustible beauty.
N
It is because the public are a mass -- inert, obtuse, and passive -- that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear -- like grunts where they are -- and also where they stand.
K
We believe. . . that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Twelve Theatrical Topics," Topic 4, in "Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de Pataphysique," no. 5 (Paris), 1960.
R: "Gestes et Opinions du Docteur Faustroll Pataphysicien," bk. 8, ch. 41, 1911; repr. in "The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry," ed. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor, 1965.
A: In "L'Ymagier," (Paris), 1894; repr. in "The Banquet Years," by Roger Shattuck, ch. 8, 1958.
N: "Theater Questions," in "La Revue Blanche," (Paris), Jan. 1897; repr. in "The Selected Works of Alfred Jarry," ed. Roger Shattuck and Simon Watson Taylor, 1965.
K: "Twelve Theatrical Topics," Topic 12, in "Dossiers Acénonètes due Collège de Pataphysique," no. 5 (Paris), 1960.
   


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