The Difficulty of Being

The Difficulty of Being

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ISBN-13: 9781612192918
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Neversink
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,061,816
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JEAN COCTEAU (1889–1963) was a novelist, poet, filmmaker, artist and playwright. Born in a village just outside of Paris, he left home at fifteen and published his first volume of poetry, Aladdin’s Lamp, at nineteen. He circulated in the highest ranks of bohemian Paris, and counted Picasso and Proust among his close friends. His most famous works include the novel Les Enfants terribles and the films Beauty and the Beast and Orpheus. He was openly gay and at one time an opium addict. He died of a heart attack after being informed of the death of his friend, the singer Edith Piaf.

GEOFFREY O'BRIEN is the Editor-in-Chief of the Library of America. His essays and criticism have been collected in Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002-2012 and other volumes.


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“A man to whom every great line of poetry was a sunrise, every sunset the foundation of the Heavenly City” – Edith Wharton

“One of the master craftsmen.” – Tennessee Williams

“One of the most inspiring creators—and self-creations—of the twentieth century” – New Yorker

“He left his mark on an entire era.” – New York Times

“To enclose the collected works of Cocteau one would need not a bookshelf, but a warehouse...” – W.H. Auden

“[Cocteau] had, and still has, a huge influence on the avant-garde of American film.” – The Guardian

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