Alphonse Allais (1854-1905) was France’s greatest humorist. His elegance, scientific curiosity, preoccupation with language and logic, wordplay and flashes of cruelty inspired Alfred Jarry, as well as succeeding generations of Surrealists, Pataphysicians, and Oulipians. Celebrate the master’s birthday with mirth, mischief, and cocktails!
And one of his sublime books translated by Doug Skinner, from Black Scat, of course.
Captain Cap: His Adventures, His Ideas, His Drinks
Selected Plays of Alphonse Allais
“To leave is to die a little, but to die is to leave a lot.” –-Alphonse Allais