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The Pataphysician's Library: An Exploration of Alfred Jarry's 'Livres pairs'

Ben Fisher


This book is a study of aspects of 1890s French literature, with specific reference to the traditions of Symbolism and Decadence. Its main focus is Alfred Jarry, who has proved, perhaps surprisingly, to be one of the more durable fin–de–siècle authors. The originality of this study lies in its use of the enigmatic list of books termed the livres pairs, which appears in Jarry's 1898 novel Gestes et Opinions du docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien, his best–known prose work. The greatest interest of the livres pairs lies in a group of works by Jarry's friends and contemporaries, primarily Leon Bloy, ... More

Keywords: French literature, Symbolism, Decadence, Alfred Jarry, livres pairs, Leon Bloy, Georges Darien, Gustave Kahn, Catulle Mendes, Josephin Madan

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780853239161
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313721


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Ben Fisher, author

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