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Jean Cocteau


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James S. Williams is Professor of Modern French Literature and Film at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is the author of Jean Cocteau (French Film Directors series, 2006).


a highly absorbing account of Cocteau's colourful, 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 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 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 favourable light, and is an important contribution to the reassessment of the author that is currently under way. Modern Language Review Well-written and well-paced ... A good summation of Cocteau's significance as a gay artist. The Gay and Lesbian Review

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