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Jean Cocteau, a major French 20th-century artist, was a deliberate scandal. The astonishing variety of his work as poet, novelist, playwright, and film-maker (The Blood of a Poet, Beauty and the Beast, Orpheus); and the contradictions and paradoxes of his private life, the charm and the nastiness, the generosity, and the egomania, the poise and the anguish of an opium-addicted homosexual, a man who knew everyone who mattered in the arts, and who capped an avant-garde life by entering, without seeming contradiction, the formidable conservative precincts of the Académie Francaise-all this is elegantly woven by Mr Steegmuller into the gorgeous tapestry of this award-winning and riveting biography.
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. . . vastly entertaining and informative, written stylishly and wittily with a pen often dipped in vitriol . . . a major biographical achievement. --Saturday Review
Mr. Steegmuller straightens out the record with precision and clarity in [a] book that is surely a model of the biographer's art. --New York Times Book Review
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Book Description David R Godine, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M087923606X
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Book Description David R Godine, New York U. S. A., 1992. Softcover. Condition: New. Marfree, acidfree Fine later illus prtg as shown w/ Afterword; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; Nonpareil Books, No 40; 1.34 x 9.3 x 6.1 Inches; 591 pages; The French creative force, Jan 6, 2003By M. A Newman (Alexandria, VA United States) - Cocteau seems to turn up in most unusual places. First he is praised by no less a figure than Edith Wharton, then he is hobnobbing with Proust, then off with Picasso, Diagalev, Stravinsky, and the Ballets Russes set, finally he is a film maker of the live action film of Beauty and the Beast. In between his life was filled with more living than should be allowed by law. Steegmuller's biography does justice to this life and probably will remain the definative text on the subject. ## "Terrific Biography, May 14, 2004 By Rhett Clements "Playwright" (Los Angeles, CA United States) -I originally picked this book up at the library and liked it so much I bought two copies: One for myself and one for a friend. This is a wonderful biography of one of the most influential men of the Arts in France. Since I don't live in France, or Paris to be exact since his influence would have been felt there the most, I don't know if forty years after his death he still influences the Arts or not. However, he was a force to be reckoned with during his lifetime and this bio gives the reader a great sense of what Paris was like from the late 1800's to the early 1960's. Fascinating. Seller Inventory # 23609