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ALPHONSE ALLAIS French humorous writer, photographed in 1895. Date: 1854 - 1905

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This photograph captures the enigmatic and humorous figure of Alphonse Allais (1854-1905), a French writer who revolutionized the literary scene with his satirical and absurdist works. Taken in 1895, the image reveals Allais in his late forties, with a mischievous glint in his eyes and a quirky expression on his face. His attire, consisting of a formal waistcoat and bow tie, contrasts sharply with his unconventional and playful disposition. Born in Paris, Allais began his literary career in the late 19th century, contributing to various satirical journals and magazines. He was a founding member of the "Ligue des Dada" and the "Surrealist Group," and his works influenced the development of both Dadaism and Surrealism. Allais is best known for his humorous and absurd short stories, which often challenged societal norms and defied logic. His most famous works include "The Absurdities," "The Enchanted Objects," and "The Infernal Quadruped." Despite his unconventional writing style, Allais gained a significant following in France and Europe. His works were translated into multiple languages, and he was celebrated by many prominent figures of the literary world, including André Breton and Marcel Proust. The photograph of Allais, with its intriguing combination of formal attire and whimsical expression, offers a glimpse into the life of this groundbreaking and influential writer.

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