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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) — biography from Our Lady of the Flowers… (more)
Our Lady of the Flowers 1,778 copies, 13 reviews
The Thief's Journal 1,435 copies, 5 reviews
Querelle of Brest 928 copies, 12 reviews
The Balcony 831 copies, 6 reviews
Miracle of the Rose 686 copies, 3 reviews
Funeral Rites 508 copies, 4 reviews
The Blacks 423 copies, 2 reviews
The Maids 318 copies, 3 reviews
Prisoner of Love 316 copies, 2 reviews
The Screens 210 copies, 1 review
Deathwatch 74 copies, 1 review
Splendid's 22 copies, 1 review
May Day Speech 13 copies
Le funambule 11 copies
Le serve 10 copies
Two Plays 6 copies, 1 review
Les Bonnes 6 copies, 1 review
Le bagne 5 copies
Palestinesi 3 copies
泥棒日記 3 copies
Os Biombos 2 copies
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Zenciler 2 copies
BALKON 2 copies
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Le condamné à mort 1 copy, 1 review
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Poe mes 1 copy
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Soledad Brother (Introduction, some editions) 568 copies, 5 reviews
The Olympia Reader (Contributor) 276 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 231 copies, 2 reviews
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Seven Plays of the Modern Theatre (Contributor) 122 copies
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