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By Jean Cocteau

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Jean Cocteau, who died on the age of seventy four in 1963, was once a guy of many talents—a poet, a novelist, a filmmaker, and an artist. He wrote the libretto for Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and was once top identified for his 1929 novel Les Enfants Terribles and the 1946 movie edition attractiveness and the Beast. After his loss of life, in 1965, he used to be named the Honorary President of the Cannes movie Festival.

I as soon as learn that if you’re in a rut, inventive or another way, you'll want to learn a biography of somebody who did good things. Benjamin Franklin involves brain, as does any social circulation chief, but if I observed the trouble of Being, Cocteau’s choice of biographical essays—written in 1947— i used to be curious to grasp what this polymath had thought of lifestyles. As I thumbed throughout the replica within the book place, i spotted that the bankruptcy headings learn like Montaigne: “On conversation,” “On my style,” “On friendship,” “On death,” and “On beauty” are only a few.

In his creation to Melville House’s Neversink Library version, Geoffrey O’Brien, a critic and the Editor-in-Chief of the Library of the US, notes that the publication is written in “a temper of indifferent self-examination” and that Cocteau “makes himself his personal portraitist … decided to see a few simple definitions.” He is going directly to say, “It is so much essentially a piece of feedback, during which by way of paying shut recognition to his personal writing technique he creates a unique type of writing, opaque and deliberate.”

From my very own studying, i discovered a poignancy in lots of of the questions Cocteau seeks to reply to and the observations he places at the web page. here's a very small number of what's a good read—whether you decide to move from conceal to hide or open at will.

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Crampes dont je souffre dans mes organes et qui repro­ duisent les singularités nerveuses auxquelles l’enfance se livre en cachette et par où elle croit conjurer le sort. Maintenant même où je les explique, je les éprouve. Je tâche de les vaincre. Je m’y heurte, je m’y embourbe, je m’y perds. Je voudrais rompre le charme. Ma manie est la plus forte. Peut-être bien que je me flatte de pou­ voir donner un contour à ce que j’expulse et le puis-je si peu que cette force que DU T R A V A IL E T DE L A L É G E N D E j’expulse s’y oppose et décide jusqu’à la forme de son contour.

Mes ennemis n’y virent qu’un coup de barre à droite. Ce coup d’épée dans l’eau ne m’apportait qu’une famille et cet appui extérieur que les uns cherchent dans la famille, les autres dans l’Eglise, dans les sectes, dans l’Ecole Normale, dans Polytechnique, dans les D E MES ÉVASIO N S Affaires étrangères, dans un parti ou dans un café. Cet appui dérangeait la longue habitude que j’ai prise de ne m’appuyer que sur moi-même. Maritain me trouvait la démarche lourde. Il voulait m’ouvrir une route. Il m’ouvrait la sienne.

Qui ne s’en doute pas s’y consume à la longue ou brûle d’un seul coup. Il douche le zèle. Il attaque par le feu et par l’eau. Le public est une mer houleuse. Il donne la nausée. On la nomme trac. On a beau se dire : c’est le théâtre, c’est le public, rien n’y fait. On se promet de ne plus s’y laisser prendre. On y retourne. C’est la salle de jeu. On y joue ce qu’on a. La tor­ ture en est exquise. A moins d’être fat on l’éprouve. Elle ne se guérit jamais. (i) C’était VAigle à deux têtes.

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