Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

A Life

Book - 2016
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Unevenly respected, easily hated, almost always suspected of being inferior to his reputation, Jean Cocteau has often been thought of as a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. In this landmark biography, Claude Arnaud thoroughly contests this characterization, as he celebrates Cocteau's "fragile genius--a combination almost unlivable in art" but in his case so fertile. Arnaud narrates the life of this legendary French novelist, poet, playwright, director, filmmaker, and designer who, as a young man, pretended to be a sort of a god, but who died as a humble and exhausted craftsman. His moving and compassionate account examines the nature of Cocteau's chameleon-like genius, his romantic attachments, his controversial politics, and his intimate involvement with many of the century's leading artistic lights, including Picasso, Proust, Hemingway, Stravinsky, and Tennessee Williams. Already published to great critical acclaim in France, Arnaud's penetrating and deeply researched work reveals a uniquely gifted artist while offering a magnificent cultural history of the twentieth century.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 0300170572 hardcover
9780300170573 hardcover
Branch Call Number: B COCTEAU
Characteristics: viii, 1014 pages, 16 unnumbered unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Elkin, Lauren
Mandell, Charlotte


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