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Author photo. Jean Genet in Paris, France in May, 1968

Jean Genet in Paris, France in May, 1968

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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. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Our Lady of the Flowers 1,680 copies, 11 reviews
The Thief's Journal 1,359 copies, 5 reviews
Querelle of Brest 886 copies, 10 reviews
The Balcony 784 copies, 6 reviews
Miracle of the Rose 653 copies, 3 reviews
Funeral Rites 482 copies, 4 reviews
The Blacks : a clown show 403 copies, 1 review
Prisoner of Love 298 copies, 2 reviews
The Maids 291 copies, 3 reviews
The Screens 199 copies, 1 review
Deathwatch 68 copies, 1 review
Splendid's 18 copies, 1 review
May Day Speech 13 copies
Le funambule 11 copies
A Song of Love [Region 2] 9 copies, 1 review
Le serve 8 copies
Two Plays 6 copies, 1 review
Les Bonnes 5 copies, 1 review
Le bagne 5 copies
O balcão 3 copies
泥棒日記 3 copies
Mademoiselle 2 copies
Plays 1 2 copies
Cud róży 2 copies
Jean Genet 2 copies
Palestinesi 2 copies
Les Ngres 2 copies
I negri 1 copy
Le condamné à mort 1 copy, 1 review
Teatr 1 copy
Paravanlar 1 copy
Zenciler 1 copy
Soledad Brother (Introduction, some editions) 511 copies, 3 reviews
The Olympia Reader (Contributor) 265 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 213 copies, 2 reviews
Nine Plays of the Modern Theater (Contributor) 166 copies, 1 review
Seven Plays of the Modern Theatre (Contributor) 116 copies
Gay Sunshine Interviews. Vol. 1 (Interviewee) 58 copies
The Obie Winners: The Best of Off-Broadway (Contributor) 24 copies, 1 review
Big Table 3 (Contributor) 6 copies
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