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The Miscreant
     

The Miscreant

by Jean Cocteau, Dorothy Williams (Translator)
 

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Jacques Forestier, the central character of Cocteau's famous first novel from 1921, is a parasite and dilettante who responds readily to beauty in both sexes. Leaving his provincial family he comes to Paris to study for his degree. Indulging in a life of dissipation with a group of students and their mistresses, he falls in love with Germaine, a chorus girl kept by

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Jacques Forestier, the central character of Cocteau's famous first novel from 1921, is a parasite and dilettante who responds readily to beauty in both sexes. Leaving his provincial family he comes to Paris to study for his degree. Indulging in a life of dissipation with a group of students and their mistresses, he falls in love with Germaine, a chorus girl kept by a rich banker. The affair, doomed from the start, forces Jacques to come to terms not so much with society as he finds it but with himself.

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Released in English in 1958, Cocteau's first novel was written in 1921. Like most of his work, it is a study of loneliness and the struggle to overcome it. Set in Paris in the 1920s, the novel follows protagonist Jacques Forestier as he stumbles through life and love. The text also features a handful of illustrations by the author. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780720611731
Publisher:
Owen, Peter Limited
Publication date:
12/31/2003
Series:
Peter Owen Modern Classic Series
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Jean Cocteau is regarded as one of France's greatest men of arts and letters. A multi-faceted talent and a recipient of the Légion d'honneur, he achieved distinction as a poet, playwright, and critic as well as an artist, illustrator, composer, actor, and internationally acclaimed filmmaker. He was the author of La Belle et la Bête, Les Enfants Terribles, Opium, and Thomas The Impostor.

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