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Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

by James Williams
     
 

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A ground-breaking, accessible account of French poet, artist, novelist, dramatist, designer and film-maker Jean Cocteau.

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A ground-breaking, accessible account of French poet, artist, novelist, dramatist, designer and film-maker Jean Cocteau.

Editorial Reviews

Film Matters
“Comprehensive and easily accessible . . . Williams painstakingly crafts a seminal study on the life and art of Jean Cocteau with a flair for language and a scholarly knowledge of his subject.”—Film Matters

Forum for Modern Language Studies
“This sturdy, compact and fast-moving survey of Cocteau’s life and work runs from his precocious false start as a poet in the style of Anna de Noailles, through his reinvention as a radical modernist after inspirational meetings with Diaghilev and Picasso, and the fulfilment of his new ‘life project’ in his subsequent long career as a poet working in verse, prose, theatre, art and film . . . neatly illustrated and requires no knowledge of French.” —Forum for Modern Language Studies

French Studies

“[A] highly absorbing account of Cocteau’s colorful, yet troubled life leaves the reader eager to (re)visit the work of one of the most fascinating artists of the twentieth century.” —French Studies

Modern Language Review
“Another welcome addition to the still relatively limited critical literature on this important figure . . . this is an approachable and well-illustrated text, which will cause its readers to look at Cocteau in a new and more favorable light, and is an important contribution to the reassessment of the author that is currently under way.” —Modern Language Review

The Gay and Lesbian Review

"Well-written and well-paced . . . A good summation of Cocteau's significance as a gay artist."--The Gay and Lesbian Review

— Richard M. Berrong

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861895912
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Series:
Critical Lives
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

James S. Williams is professor of modern French literature and film at Royal Holloway, University of London and is also author of Jean Cocteau (French Film Directors).

 

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