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Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams [Hardcover]

John Ashbery , Mark Ford

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30 Nov 2000
Compulsive writer and exquisite dandy Raymond Roussel was one of the most extraordinary literary figures of all time. He was born in 1877 and died in mysterious circumstances in 1933; his life was as strange as his work. His bizarre poetry, novels and plays - all disastrous commercial flops - have had a monumental influence on many of the century's best-known writers and artists. Jean Cocteau declared him 'genius in its pure state,' while Salvador Dali died with one of his books on his bedside table. Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, Michel Foucault, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Harry Mathews have all testified to the haunting power of Roussel's imagination. The poet Mark Ford traces the evolution of Roussel's eccentric compositional methods, and describes the idiosyncrasies of a life that was at once enchanting, heart-breaking and scarcely credible.
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Mark Ford was born in 1962. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Landlocked (Chatto & Windus, 1992) and Soft Sift (Faber, 2001). He is also the author of a critical biography of Raymond Roussel (Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams (Faber, 2000), and a collection of essays, A Driftwood Altar (Waywiser Press, 2005). A second volume of critical pieces, Mr and Mrs Stevens and Other Essays, will be published in May of 2011, as will his translation of Raymond Roussel’s Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique. He teaches in the English Department at University College London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Just a quick note to say that this is a lovely & well written biography of Raymond Roussel in English which neatly complements the one by François Caradec, which is also well worth getting. Ford's includes information on texts discovered since Caradec's biography was written; it's slightly more text-based than Roussel's more biographical study. But anything on Roussel in English makes me deliriously happy . . .
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