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Who created it? Arnaud, Claude, author.
What's it called? Jean Cocteau : a life / Claude Arnaud ; translated by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell.
Who published it? New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
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 DOWNTOWN Nonfiction  BIOGRAPHY Cocteau  AVAILABLE
What's it like? viii, 1014 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Helpful notes! Translated from the French.
Extra info! Includes bibliographical references (pages 984-989) and index.
What's it about? 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 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.
Helpful subjects! Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963.
Authors, French -- 20th century -- Biography.
Artists -- France -- Biography.
Motion picture producers and directors -- France -- Biography.
More people who helped! Elkin, Lauren, translator.
Mandell, Charlotte, translator.
Other titles to try! Jean Cocteau. English
Special numbers! 9780300170573 (hardcover)
0300170572 (hardcover)
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