*(Bilde fra The Paris Review)
Alfred Jarry 1873-1907
- Symbolist forfatter som var forløpere til det absurdistisk teater
- Skrev Ubu Roi (Kong Ubu) i 1896 – det ble satt opp og lagt ned samme kveld på Théätre de l’OEuvre)
- Antonin Artaud grunnla Alfred Jarry Theatre i 1926
[Ubu Roi is] sometimes called the first absurdist drama.
[…] Ubu Roi shows in all its grotesqueness a world without human decency.
[…] At first Jarry’s influence was negligible, but in the 1920s he attracted a following among the surrealists and after World War II his grotesque vision of man won him a place of honor as a major prophet of the absurdist movement. (Brockett. Page 443)