Oakley Hall III Jarry and Me

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Jarry and Me

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Alfred Jarry. Born 1873, presumably of the union of M. and Mme Jarry. One feels that He was born with his Caporal, the Three-pointed moustache He made popular.

There was also nothing about His Birth that made one think: Here is a, well, Star. His UBU Plays, which are best known, were started in High School, and were based on a fellow-student s EB Plays. But UBU is UBU. His mother left His father, allegedly for No Reason, and went to Paris, taking with her Alfred and his sister: Older, undistinguished. Alfred is living with His mother, and becoming Known: for his Three-Directional Moustache and his Addiction to Absinthe. And his UBU plays.

And bear in mind this is in 1890-1895: The emergence and description of Surrealism were 20 years in the Future. But that is what Jarry was: a Pre-Surrealist, Absinthiated. A kind of worship of Jarry by Mme Rachilde, a very popular novelist, also married to Jarry s Editor. Breton, who wrote The Surrealist Manifestoin 1924, and Antonin Artaud, who took over Artistic Directorship of the Theatre Alfred Jarry, after Jarry was long dead, were both Surrealists. Both knew Him. Picasso too.

Jarry died 1907. Sort of unmourned, and that s too bad.

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I, Oakley Hall III, am an author and playwright. I've translated all three of Alfred Jarry's UBU plays, and staged UBU REX in New York City and at our Lexington Conservatory Theatre, in Lexington, New York, where I was Artistic Director from 1976-1978.

I had an Accident in 1978. At Lexington. In Upstate New York.

Alfred Jarry was an avant-garde French playwright, artist, and raconteur, best known for his almost-drawing-style farces, featuring Ubu.

He died in 1907. Of too much absinthe. In Paris. I was, kind of, after my Accident, looking for this autobiography, and I found it at a Used Stuff Sale, maybe my stuff, in upstate New York. It was in a sack along with a loose-leaf, typewritten translation of Jean Anouilh's BECKET. It was in a dark folder, and said JARR across it.

So. Here is his Autobiography, and some of Mine.

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Is this Alfred Jarry finally writing Oakley Hall III's autobiography or the other way around? It reads--magnificently--as both at the same time, thus as another instance of that hidden wisdom: we are never only one, but always the occasion of many.

Maybe it is Ubu himself fondling the hen, I mean holding the pen? Was there ever pathos in Pataphysics?

If not, here it is: one bridge further, Oakley Hall III is at it again, biosplicing his & Jarry s life in the theater and Jarry and his theater in life.

You are hereby introduced into the Hall of Post-Pataphysics. --

Prof. Pierre Joris
author of Poasis and A Nomad Poetics

This is a very strange outlandish book, standing far outside the fenced-in area of the usual literary experiences. It purports to be non-fiction, and is non-fiction, but may have passages which are not entirely veracious, for which however the author is not responsible. Out of two lives, in two different epochs--his own crash-and-burn path as a dramatist in New York, and Alfred Jarry's brief, self-destructive career as a surrealist playwright in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century--Oakley Hall has constructed a grand dissonance. --

Louis B. Jones
author, most recently, of California's Over

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