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December 10, 2012

Jarry, Ubu Roi, Riot

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , , , — Bookblurb @ 9:26 am
alfred-jarry-ubu-roi-154x210On this day in 1896, Alfred Jarry’s avant-garde play, Ubu Roi, opened and closed in Paris. When Ubu came on stage with a large target drawn on his belly, a toilet-brush for a scepter, and the play’s opening line of “Merdre!” there was a 15-minute riot. W. B. Yeats was present, and later summarized the new style in prophetic terms: “After us the Savage God.”

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