Jean Genet

Jean Genet


Born
in Paris, France
December 19, 1910

Died
April 15, 1986

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Jean Genet was a prominent, controversial French writer and later political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing novels, plays, poems, and essays, including Querelle de Brest, The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers, The Balcony, The Blacks and The Maids.

Average rating: 3.99 · 20,174 ratings · 924 reviews · 72 distinct worksSimilar authors
Our Lady of the Flowers

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4.03 avg rating — 4,507 ratings — published 1943 — 64 editions
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The Thief's Journal

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3.99 avg rating — 2,744 ratings — published 1949 — 63 editions
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The Balcony

3.86 avg rating — 2,186 ratings — published 1956 — 25 editions
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The Maids & Deathwatch

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3.96 avg rating — 1,605 ratings — published 1954 — 9 editions
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Querelle of Brest

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3.94 avg rating — 1,779 ratings — published 1947 — 52 editions
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Miracle of the Rose

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4.11 avg rating — 937 ratings — published 1946 — 30 editions
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Les Bonnes

3.65 avg rating — 1,288 ratings — published 1947 — 23 editions
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Funeral Rites

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4.06 avg rating — 722 ratings — published 1949 — 24 editions
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Prisoner of Love

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4.16 avg rating — 359 ratings — published 1982 — 16 editions
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The Blacks

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3.65 avg rating — 434 ratings — published 1958 — 20 editions
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More books by Jean Genet…
“Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.”
Jean Genet

“A man must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.”
Jean Genet

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.”
Jean Genet

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