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Jean Cocteau (1889–1963)

Author of The Holy Terrors

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About the Author

Born in Maisons-Lafitte, France, on July 5, 1889, Jean Cocteau was a poet, actor, film director, and playwright. Cocteau's first volume of verse, La Lampe d'Aladian, established him as an important contemporary writer. During recuperation from an opium addiction, Cocteau produced some of his show more best-known work, including his first motion picture, Blood of a Poet, the play Orpheus, and the novel Les Enfants Terribles. Cocteau later published Difficulty of Being, a loose collection of autobiographical observations. Jean Cocteau died on October 11, 1963, at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Jean Cocteau en 1947

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Works by Jean Cocteau

The Holy Terrors (1929) 1,701 copies
The Infernal Machine (1932) 382 copies
The White Book (1928) 297 copies
Opium (1930) 291 copies
The Impostor (1929) 238 copies
Les parents terribles (1938) 199 copies
The Difficulty Of Being (1946) 154 copies
Beauty and the Beast [1946 film] (1946) — Director — 128 copies
Orpheus [screenplay] (1949) — Director — 118 copies
The Miscreant (1923) 100 copies
Diary of an Unknown (1988) 97 copies
Five Plays: A Dramabook (1961) 88 copies
Past Tense: The Cocteau Diaries Volume 1 (1751) — Author — 78 copies
Orpheus [1950 film] (1950) — Director — 66 copies
The Eagle Has Two Heads (1946) 56 copies
The Art of Cinema (1988) 42 copies
Drawings (1924) 36 copies
Cocteau on the Film (1973) 32 copies
My Contemporaries (1967) 25 copies
A letter to Americans (1949) 20 copies
Paris Album, 1900-14 (1987) 18 copies
Cocteau: 3 Screenplays (1972) 17 copies
The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne [1945 film] (1945) — Dialogue — 16 copies
Gide : Oedipe - Cocteau : La machine infernale (1968) — Author — 15 copies
Le Cap de Bonne-Espérance (1967) 13 copies
Bacchus (1951) 12 copies
La Corrida du 1er Mai (2003) 10 copies
Modigliani (1950) 10 copies
Théâtre complet (2003) 9 copies
The Orphic Trilogy [video recording] (2001) — Director — 9 copies
Gedichte, Stücke (1971) 8 copies
Clair-obscur (1988) 8 copies
Le Coq et l'Arlequin (1979) 8 copies
LE NUMERO BARBETTE (1980) 8 copies
Theatre II (1948) 7 copies
Gedichten (2003) 6 copies
Insania Pingens 6 copies
Barbette (1988) 5 copies
Lettres à Jean Marais (1987) 5 copies
A Call to Order (1926) 5 copies
Diary of a Film (2022) 5 copies
Reines de la France (1952) 5 copies
Prosa (1978) 5 copies
De sorte Faar 4 copies
Picasso (1996) 4 copies
Il testamento di Orfeo (1961) 4 copies
La mort et les statues (2008) 4 copies
Antigone 3 copies
Theatre I (SC) (1948) 3 copies
8x8 [short film] (1957) 3 copies
Journals of Jean Cocteau (1964) 3 copies
Jean Marais (1975) 3 copies
La Machine Infernale (1964) 3 copies
Maalesh (1978) 3 copies
Le Cordon ombilical (2003) 3 copies
Taschentheater (1989) 3 copies
Retratos para un recuerdo (1901) 3 copies
Die geliebte Stimme (1982) 3 copies
Dues cartes (2007) 3 copies
The Typewriter 3 copies
Entre Picasso Et Radiguet (1967) 3 copies
Desatino 3 copies
Teatro (1970) 3 copies
Poesie Critique (1946) 2 copies
Un Tramway nomme desir — Author — 2 copies
The a tre 2 copies
Dialogo sulla fede (1999) 2 copies
Les Murs de Jean Cocteau (1997) 2 copies
POETICA DEL CINE (2013) 2 copies
Drôle de ménage (1993) 2 copies
Nouveau Theatre De Poche (1960) 2 copies
美をめぐる対話 (1991) 2 copies
Das Weißbuch (1991) 2 copies
Kino und Poesie : Notizen (1982) 2 copies
Vier gedichten (1988) 2 copies
Le requiem 2 copies
Journals (A Midland book) (1964) 2 copies
OPÉRA 1 copy
Poesies. 1917 - 1920 (1920) 1 copy
La crucifixion: Poème (1999) 1 copy
FLIGHT 1 copy
Pomes 1 copy
Shanghai 1 copy
おかしな家族 (1994) 1 copy
Le Bel Indifferent (2000) 1 copy
Secrets of Beauty (2023) 1 copy
Human Voice [2014 film] (2014) — Play — 1 copy
Trottoir 1 copy
Poems. 1 copy
Dramen 1 copy
Versuche 1 copy
Mes monstres sacrés (1979) 1 copy
Teatro (1970) 1 copy
Poèmes (2013) 1 copy
La spaccata (2009) 1 copy
Trottoir (1988) 1 copy
Del cinema 1 copy
SOIXANTE DESSINS, POUR (1935) 1 copy
Theatre 1 copy

Associated Works

The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1907) — Foreword, some editions — 1,237 copies
Beauty and the Beast (1757) — Afterword, some editions — 728 copies
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Contributor — 597 copies
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 548 copies
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contributor — 499 copies
Count D'Orgel's Ball (1924) — Foreword, some editions — 405 copies
The Olympia Reader (1965) — Contributor — 279 copies
Extraordinary Tales (1955) — Contributor — 269 copies
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contributor — 235 copies
The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Contributor — 177 copies
The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature (1998) — Contributor — 158 copies
Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 141 copies
Erotic Drawings by Jean Cocteau (Evergreen) (1991) — Illustrator — 70 copies
Modern French Theatre (1964) — Contributor — 67 copies
An Adventure (1911) — Foreword, some editions — 44 copies
The Little Book of Horrors (1992) — Contributor — 41 copies
Les Enfants terribles [1950 film] (1950) — Original author — 40 copies
The Decorative Art of Léon Bakst (1973) — Contributor — 33 copies
Cocteau (1957) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Award Avant-Garde Reader (1965) — Contributor — 30 copies
Oedipus Rex {score} (1948) — Libretto — 28 copies
The Knacker's Abc (1948) — Afterword, some editions — 21 copies
Philip Glass: La Belle et la Bête (1994) — Adapted — 12 copies
The thrones of earth and heaven (1958) — Contributor — 11 copies
Art Papers 41.02 - Summer 2017 — Contributor — 4 copies
Philip Glass: Orphée (1993) — Adapted — 4 copies
Philip Glass: Les Enfants terribles (1996) — Adapted — 4 copies
The Paris Review 32 1964 Summer-Fall (1964) — Contributor — 4 copies
Règle du jeu (1957) — Preface, some editions — 3 copies
L'Amore [1948 film] — Original play — 3 copies
The Human Voice [2020 film] — Original author — 2 copies
Il cinema d'avanguardia 1910 - 1930 (1983) — Author — 1 copy
Le baron fantôme [1943 film] — Actor — 1 copy
フランス短篇24 (現代の世界文学) (1989) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Cocteau Goes Lovecraftian in The Weird Tradition (May 2022)

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Cocteau presents a poetic and personal journey of making his fantasy set in reality with Beauty and the Beast. Each entry shows how the director and artist put themselves into the film, even if they are not presented in the finished picture, through his ailments and dedication to producing cinematic perfection and magic. There are some profound reflections on cinema and the process of making within this new-ish and experimental medium.

This edition is translated by Nicholas Elliott and also includes the story of Beauty and the Beast by Mme. Leprince de Beaumont. This translation attempted to revive the peaks and valleys of emotion and experience that might not translate so poetically. This diary supposedly inspired the filmmakers and theorists of Cahiers du Cinéma, like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut.… (more)
 
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MattElfStudies | Aug 31, 2023 |
. Book. Illus. by Jean Cocteau. Very Good. Quarter Cloth and Hard Cover. New Translation by Margaret Crosland & Sinclair Road)
 
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AliceDbooks | 3 other reviews | Oct 27, 2022 |
Tumbling out of the cut pages of this copy came a) a business card of Louis Isaacson, tel. Longacre 7037, ARC Construction Co., engineers, General Contractors, 236 W. 35th Street, New York City; b) a telephone message form, headed Hotel Bristol, 129-135 West 48th Street, 122-124 West 49th Street, 'In the heart of New York', from Mr Brodhead to Miss Cook, May 13, time received 12, on the back a Hotel Bristol stamp, dated telephone 1927 May 13; c) 2 copies of a Voyage excursion villegiature sur les reseau d'Orleans et du Midi flyer, issued by the Agence des Compagnies d'Orleans et du Midi, listing 9 itineraries by train and published in 1926.… (more)
 
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