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Cocteau: A Biography - Francis Steegmuller

Cocteau: A Biography.

First edition. 8vo. 583pp with b&w illustrations in beige cloth covered boards with original illustrated dust jacket. London: Macmillan, 1970.
Dust Jacket a little torn at the edges.

Jean Cocteau, who died in 1963 at the age of 74 after 58 years of kaleidoscopic activity in the arts. Cocteau was a fascinating and paradoxical figure - as poet, novelist, playwright, artist and film-maker. A charming opium addicted homosexual who was equally welcome in the aristocratic drawing rooms of Paris and the raffish waterfront bars of Toulon, and who crowned a life among the avant garde by entering the ultra conservative precincts of the Académie Française. He provides a rich and challenging subject for biography.

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