Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

Born: July 5, 1889

Died: October 11, 1963

Nationality: French

Occupation: Director, novelist, poet, artist, filmmaker

Biography: Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants terribles, and the films Blood of a Poet, Les Parents terribles, Beauty and the Beast, and Orpheus.

Source/Notes: As quoted in The Necessity of Art (1959) by Ernst Fischer, Ch. 1
Source/Notes: On his visit to the deathbed of Marcel Proust, as quoted in Cocteau: The Great Enchanter by Edmund White Vogue (May 1984)

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Source/Notes: As quoted in Slonimsky's Book of Musical Anecdotes (2002) by Nicholas Slonimsky, p. 33
Source/Notes: As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (2007) by James Geary, p. 159
Source/Notes: As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists (2007) by James Geary, p. 271

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Source/Notes: Also quoted in Diary of an Unknown (1991) as translated by Jesse Browne. - Le Coq et l'Arlequin (1918)