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Jean Genet: Born to Lose: An Illustrated Critical History
by Jeremy Reed
Jean Genet: poet-thief, novelist, revolutionary, gay icon. Genet's early life was one of vagrancy and crime. He emerged in 1942 from prison with the extraordinarily subversive novel "Our Lady of the Flowers. Championed by Cocteau and Sartre, Genet became a legend to the underworld for his subsequent novels, dark fusions of crime, sex and flowers. In later life he became in ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Creation Books
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Part biography, part psychological analysis, part critical appraisal, this slim volume is a handy distillation of all you really need to know about Jean Genet to appreciate the larger background for his searingly provocative texts. Genet is of course the ultimate outsider, homosexual, vagabond and thief, who transformed the dry breadcrust of childhood humiliation into the banquet of a celebrated cultural figure applauded by the likes of Sartre and Cocteau. My only gripes about this book are: 1) ...more