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The Selected Writings of Jean Genet

The Selected Writings of Jean Genet( )
Author: Genet, Jean
Editor: White, Edmund
Introduction by: White, Edmund
Series title:Companions Ser.
ISBN:978-0-88001-331-4
Publication Date:Oct 1993
Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $27.50
Book Details
Pages:462
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Literary
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.24 x 9.36 Inches
Book Weight:1.996 Pounds
Author Biography
Genet, Jean (Author)
Jean Genet was born in Paris, France on December 19, 1910. He was an illegitimate child abandoned by his mother, raised by Public Assistance, and sent to live with foster parents at the age of seven. At the age of 10 he was accused of stealing. He spent five years at the Mettray Reformatory and as a young adult spent time in various European prisons for vagrancy, homosexuality, theft, and smuggling.

He began writing in 1942, while in prison. His works include Our Lady of the Flowers, Miracle of the Rose, and The Thief's Journal. In 1948, he was convicted of burglary for the 10th time and condemned to automatic life imprisonment. However, by 1947, his works had gained attention from such writers as Jean-Paul Sartre, André Gide, and Jean Cocteau. After the sentence, they petitioned for his release and a pardon was granted.

In the late 1940s, Genet began to write for the theatre, but several of his plays were too controversial to be performed in France. His plays included The Maids, Deathwatch, The Blacks, and The Balcony. He died on April 15, 1986.

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