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The Pataphysician's LibraryAn Exploration of Alfred Jarry's 'Livres pairs'$
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Ben Fisher

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239161

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313721

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(p.1) Introduction
The Pataphysician's Library
Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the livres pairs, a list of books contained in French author Alfred Jarry's novel Gestes et Opinions du docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien. This volume evaluates the importance of each book to Jarry and examines aspects of the state of symbolist literature around the time of Faustroll. It also mentions that while some works and authors included in livres pairs remain very well known, others are obscure to most modern readers, including Léon Bloy, Georges Darien, and Max Elskamp.

Keywords:   Alfred Jarry, livres pairs, Dr. Faustroll, symbolist literature, Léon Bloy, Georges Darien, Max Elskamp

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