Alfred Jarry


Birthday September 8, 1873

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace France

DEATH DATE Nov 1, 1907 (34)

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French playwright and pataphysicist who is most famous for his play Ubu Roi, which is associated with the Surrealist and Futurist movements.

Before Fame

He wrote Les Polonais while in school and was considered an incredibly bright, though petulant student and child.


In 1894, he served in the army until he was discharged as a result of medical circumstances.

Family Life

Both of his parents died in 1893, and he lived his life in a tiny room and rode around on a giant bike.

Associated With

Artist Pablo Picasso was obsessed with him, as illustrated by his compulsion to purchase many of his manuscripts and sketch him while he posed.