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Jarry, Alfred

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Born: 1873 AD
Died: 1907 AD, at 34 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Satirists

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1873 - Jarry was born in Laval, Mayenne on September 8, 1873.

 

1888 - Jarry wrote "Ubu Roi" which he collaborated with his classmate at the Lycee of Rennes to ridicule their pompous teacher.

 

1890 - Passed his baccalaureat and went to Paris to prepare for admission at the Ecole Normale Superieure. Unable to passed the admission, he was able to gain attention for his original poems and prose-poems.

 

1893 - Published a collection of his work, "Les minutes de sable memorial". Both his parents died the same year and he inherited a small inheritance which he quickly spent. Jarry coined the term "Pataphysics", a philosophy dedicated to the study of what lies beond the realm of metaphysics. The term pataphysics appeared in jarry's article "Guignol".

 

1894 - Drafted into the army service but was discharged for medical reasons. His experience with the army inspired him to write the novel, "Days and Nights". Jarry returned to Paris and went back to his old life of drinking, writing, and the company of friends who appreciated his talents.

 

1896 - Ubu Roi was put into play and brought fame to Jarry. He was able to moved into a flat where he make his target shooting. Because of his life going to the line of being poor, he neglected his health and drinks all the time. He wrote the novel, "The Supermale", which was considered as the first cyborg se, a satire on the Symbolist ideal of self-transcedence.

 

1907 - Jarry spent his life in a pataphysical world until his death. He died in Paris on November 1, 1907 because of excessive drug and alcohol use eventually became tuberculosis.


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