Allais, Alphonse

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Allais, Alphonse Gender: M
Charles Alphonse Allais
born on 20 October 1854 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Honfleur, France, 49n25, 0e14
Timezone LMT m0e14 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 26°54' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°15 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 26°03'

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Alphonse Allais
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French writer and humorist.

He is the author of many collections of whimsical writings. A poet as much as a humorist, he cultivated the verse form known as holorhyme, i.e. made up entirely of homophonous verses, where entire lines are pronounced the same. For example:

Par les bois du djinn où s'entasse de l'effroi,

Parle et bois du gin, ou cent tasses de lait froid.

Allais wrote the earliest known example of a completely silent musical composition. His Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man of 1897 consists of nine blank measures. It predates similarly silent but intellectually serious works by John Cage and Erwin Schulhoff by many years. His prose piece "Story for Sara" was translated and illustrated by Edward Gorey.

Allais participated in humorous exhibitions, including those of the Salon des Arts Incohérents of 1883 and 1884, held at the Galerie Vivienne. At these, inspired by his friend Paul Bilhaud's 1882 exhibit of an entirely black painting entitled "Negroes fight in a tunnel" (which he later reproduced with a slightly different title), Allais exhibited arguably some of the earliest examples of monochrome painting: for instance his plain white sheet of Bristol paper Première communion de jeunes filles chlorotiques par un temps de neige (First Communion of Anemic Young Girls In The Snow) (1883), and a similar red work Apoplectic Cardinals Harvesting Tomatoes on the Shore of the Red Sea (Aurora Borealis Effect) (1884).

He died in Paris on 28 October 1905.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

BC in Didier Geslain archive, 'Ecrivains' pdf file, p. 15.

Gauquelin vol 6


  • Vocation : Writers : Humor