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Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries, Vol. 1
Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries, Vol. 1 by Jean Cocteau 0151712891 9780151712892
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Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries, Vol. 1 by Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau delighted in shocking the world. In pubic, at least, the image he presented was one of great daring -- a man eager to defy, willing to experiment, ready to challenge. Cocteaus achievements in almost every artistic medium -- including poetry, film, illustration, criticism, and ballet -- rightfully earned him a reputation for radical versatility. He assumed Oscar Wildes role as worlds most dazzling talker and Thomas DeQuinceys as worlds most conspicuous opium addict; he drew depictions of his bouts in the all-male brothels of Toulon; he created the actor Jean Marais and the chanteuse Edith Piaf. But among Cocteaus many accomplishments was one composition protected by the private man: his diary. Recorded during the last 13 years of his life, Cocteaus diary was kept a secret until 1983. this first of six projected volumes reveals Cocteaus life from 1951 to 1953. In it, he makes asides about Picasso, writes Oedipus rex, admires Stalin, travels through Europe, and engages in gross generalizations about Americans. With line drawings from Cocteaus original journal, Past Tense is a literary event -- a window into Cocteaus life and creativity as he wanted them to be remembered.

Author: Jean Cocteau

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 376

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Publication Date: 1987-01-01

Our Price: $10.78

ISBN: 0151712891

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