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For over half a century, Jean Cocteau was the master bricoleur—Jack-of-all-trades—in the arts of Western Europe. His trademark—handwritten name with a tailpiece star—became as famous as his name, and his collected works, as Auden said, would require "not a bookshelf, but a warehouse." Besides some fifty volumes of poems, plays, novels, memoirs, diaries, and criticism, he a ...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published 1970 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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The diary of the making of Beauty and the Beast is more than worth the price of admission. So too the notes on Orphee.
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Jean Cocteau about himself. Phelps has delved into Cocteau's writings and come up with a tantalizing portrait, especially the early years.
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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical a ...more
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