An "American-style" biography, Jacques Prevert has been called "monumental"— an "artistic Who’s Who of the 20th century." Scenes of 1920s Paris fill the pages, with dazzling descriptions of the fashions in the cafés of Montparnasse. He recounts Prévert’s discovery of contemporary literature in Adrienne Monnier’s bookstore, La Maison des Amis des Livres on rue de l’Odéon; the gatherings of literary legends on the mythic corner of Vavin. He details Prévert’s relationships with the likes of André Breton, Louis Aragon, Robert Desnos and Michel Leiris.
From the success of Prévert’s poems Paroles (3 million copies sold) to his film "Les enfants du paradis," Yves Courrière’s rendition of the poet’s life is a true literary reference guide. He leaves little uncovered, commenting on everything from Prévert’s immoderate taste for 15-year-old nymphets and his refusal to commit to the resistance during Occupation. But more than anything, this biography is a goldmine of anecdotes for anyone interested in the artistic movements of the 20th century. The index of names is phenomenal, bringing legends such as Sylvia Beach, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and many others, back to life.
Yves Courrière : Yves Courrière is the author of numerous works including Joseph Kessel ou sur la piste du lion (Plon, 1985), Pierre Lazareff ou le vagabond de l'actualité(Gallimard, 1995).