COCTEAU (Jean). Autograph manuscript (35... - Lot 94 - Osenat

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COCTEAU (Jean). Autograph manuscript (35... - Lot 94 - Osenat
COCTEAU (Jean). Autograph manuscript (35 pp. in-folio, mainly in ink with additions and corrections in pencil) illustrated with an original signed drawing (53 x 23 cm, ink and pencil on 2 facing pages). Switzerland, 1934]. In an oblong folio artist's notebook. Synopsis of a lecture given in Vevey, probably in 1934 when Jean Cocteau lived for five months in Switzerland, notably in Corsier-sur-Vevey at the home of his friend the composer Igor Markévitch, and that he had good relations with the student society of Lausanne "Belles lettres". HE ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE LEGEND AND REALITY OF HIS CHARACTER, ABOUT THE POETRY SCANDAL: " ... Epoch without sacred monsters. I am one of the last writers whose mythology is formed as he exists. Legends, follies, inaccuracies. Advantage of legends. You burn a man of straw. Legends about a man who dies in a glass house and rebuilds everything. We don't think it's possible. We hate the truth. Here we come to the heart of our subject. Poetry is scandalous because it is the truth itself. Poet - children ("Let come to me", he knew what he was doing). Quote the capital swan, very proud. Pure poetry. Nonsense from Minos and Pasiphae. Poetry everywhere. Vinci's time. Believed poet, painter, etc. Alas, we've gone too far. Any photographer is a poet. For Max Ernest's admirable photocollages. Montages, etc. Poetry in posters in street shop windows, music-hall... Dangerous poetry. Poet's room, police raid. Any suspect. Poets come from a country where the language is neither alive nor dead. Not yet born, heard. I don't believe in precursors. But the loneliness is still loneliness... "THE ORIGINAL DRAWING IS A BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT OF A MAN. Provenance: Bill Chapman, who defended a thesis on the aesthetics of Jean Cocteau. Joint: - COCTEAU (Jean). 3 autograph letters signed to Bill Chapmann. 1953-1954. "Thank you for trying to be the Champollion of my hieroglyphs. Too many people still take the hieroglyphic words of the poets for simple figures that
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