Synopses & Reviews
A stunning, controversial work that immediately outraged audiences with its scatological references during the 1896 premiere, the farce satirizes the tendency of the successful bourgeois to abuse his authority and become irresponsibly complacent. Championed as the first absurdist drama, Ubu Roi features a main character that is cruel, gluttonous, and grotesque.
Controversial play, an early absurdist drama, immediately outraged audiences--and highly influenced subsequent literature--in 1898 for its scatalogical references and pompous style. Ubu--the cruel, gluttonous main character-is the author's metaphor for modern man. Unabridged republication of the English translation by Beverley Keith and G. Legman originally published in 1953.