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Contains original illustrations by Jean Cocteau and Andrzej Klimowski.

Two of the seven monologues by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) in this edition were written for Édith Piaf. The other five were written for Cocteau’s friend, the celebrated actor Jean Marais, to perform on radio. Although perhaps a minor part of Cocteau’s output of films, plays, poems and ballet scenarios, these exquisite miniatures remain a fascinating form of his dramatic ...

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Cocteau & Feydeau: Thirteen Monologues

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Overview

Contains original illustrations by Jean Cocteau and Andrzej Klimowski.

Two of the seven monologues by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) in this edition were written for Édith Piaf. The other five were written for Cocteau’s friend, the celebrated actor Jean Marais, to perform on radio. Although perhaps a minor part of Cocteau’s output of films, plays, poems and ballet scenarios, these exquisite miniatures remain a fascinating form of his dramatic expression.

Georges Feydeau (1862-1921) is best known for his enduring farces, such as A Flea In Her Ear, yet he wrote over 20 monologues for actors to perform at charity concerts and in fashionable drawing rooms. The six included in this volume were written over a period of 16 years from 1882.

Peter Meyer’s translations of eleven of these monologues were commissioned by the BBC and performed on radio by leading actors including Eileen Atkins, Jill Bennett, Richard Briers, Judi Dench, Alec McCowan and Timothy West. The Liar and I Lost Her have been newly translated for this volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849439251
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 69
  • File size: 3 MB

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Jean Cocteau [1889 - 1963], poet, painter, dramatist, film-maker, had friends in all the performing arts and it was for two of these that he wrote the monologues translated here, including two for Edith Piaf (Le bel indifferent & Le fantôme de Marseille). Although George Feydeau [1862 - 1921] is best known as a writer of farces, he started his career in 1880 with a monologue and used the form periodically for the next thirty five years. Excluding the first, which has disappeared without trace, he wrote all for performance by leading actors and actresses at charity concerts and in fashionable drawing rooms.
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