Alfred Jarry

1873 - 1907

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Alfred Jarry (French: [al.fʁɛd ʒa.ʁi]; 8 September 1873 – 1 November 1907) was a French symbolist writer who is best known for his play Ubu Roi (1896), a pataphysical work which depicts the bourgeoisie as the super-mediocre. He coined the term and philosophical concept of pataphysics, which uses absurd irony to portray symbolic truths (and playfully vice versa).Jarry was born in Laval, Mayenne, France, and his mother was from Brittany. He was associated with the Symbolist movement. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Jarry has received more than 343,074 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Alfred Jarry is the 530th most popular writer (up from 536th in 2019), the 611th most popular biography from France (down from 610th in 2019) and the 96th most popular French Writer.

Alfred Jarry is most famous for his play "Ubu Roi" which was a satire of the French society and culture.

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Among writers, Alfred Jarry ranks 530 out of 5,794Before him are Ismail Kadare, Gabriela Mistral, Grazia Deledda, Paul Claudel, Georges Perec, and Bernard Gui. After him are Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Seneca the Elder, Ghalib, Pierre de Ronsard, Robert Walser, and Ivan Bunin.

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Among people born in 1873, Alfred Jarry ranks 12Before him are Jules Rimet, Alexis Carrel, Thomas Andrews, Johannes V. Jensen, Henri Barbusse, and Karl Schwarzschild. After him are Luigi Lucheni, Spyridon Louis, William McMaster Murdoch, G. E. Moore, Julius Martov, and Alberto Santos-Dumont. Among people deceased in 1907, Alfred Jarry ranks 10Before him are Klara Hitler, Oscar II of Sweden, William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Hector Malot, Henri Moissan, and Joris-Karl Huysmans. After him are Asaph Hall, Giosuè Carducci, Marcellin Berthelot, Robert I, Duke of Parma, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, and Joseph Joachim.

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In France

Among people born in France, Alfred Jarry ranks 611 out of 5,234Before him are Pasquale Paoli (1725), Paul Claudel (1868), Charles-Henri Sanson (1739), Maurice Béjart (1927), Georges Perec (1936), and Bernard Gui (1261). After him are Pierre de Ronsard (1524), Victor of Aveyron (1793), Joan of France, Duchess of Berry (1464), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Françoise Marie de Bourbon (1677), and Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Alfred Jarry ranks 96Before him are Camille Flammarion (1842), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), René Guénon (1886), Paul Claudel (1868), Georges Perec (1936), and Bernard Gui (1261). After him are Pierre de Ronsard (1524), William of Rubruck (1220), Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922), Gaston Leroux (1868), Marie-Antoine Carême (1784), and Adam de la Halle (1245).