Alfred JARRY, Ubu Roi
Drama in Five acts followed by the Song of Disembraining. First English translation and preface by Barbara Wright who wrote the text by hand on litho plates. Over 204 drawings by Franciszka Themerson improvised on same litho plates and printed in black on yellow paper. One of the most extraordinary events of the late nineteenth century in Paris was the opening on 11 December 1896, at the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre, of Alfred Jarry's play Ubu Roi. The audience was scandalized by this revolutionary satire, developed from a schoolboy farce, which began with an obscenity, defied all the traditions of the stage, and ridiculed the established values of bourgeois society. 'Jarry's Ubu is perhaps even more powerful a satire today than it was 65 years ago... The weird and wonderful Gaberbocchus Press have dashed in where others fear to print.' - Andrew Sinclair in Time & Tide.