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Raymond Queneau

Biography

Raymond Queneau was born in Le Havre in 1903. His parents were haberdashers. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. He was involved with the Surrealists and even married André Breton‘s sister-in-law but when he was expelled from the group in 1930, he participated in a pamphlet attacking Breton. He did various odd jobs, including journalism and translation before serving in the army during World War II. After the fall of France, he continued to work in journalism. He started writing fiction with his first novel, published in 1933 but it had little success. As well as surrealism, he was involved in other literary movements, including Pataphysics and Oulipo. He had his first literary success with Pierrot mon ami in 1942. However, he only achieved popular success with his novel Zazie dans le metro (Zazie), published in 1959 which was made into a successful film. As well as novels and stories, he published a variety of experimental works, poetry and essays and was also a painter. He died in 1976.

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Bibliography

1933 Le Chiendent (UK: The Bark Tree; US: Witchgrass) (novel)
1934 Gueule de Pierre (later, with Les Temps mêlés, Saint Glinglin) (novel)
1936 Les Derniers Jours (The Last Days) (novel)
1937 Chêne et chien (poetry)
1937 Odile (Odile) (novel)
1938 Les Enfants du limon (Children of Clay) (novel)
1939 Un Rude hiver (A Hard Winter) (novel)
1941 Les Temps mêlés (later, with Gueule de Pierre, Saint Glinglin) (novel)
1942 Pierrot mon ami (Pierrot; Pierrot mon ami) (novel)
1943 Les Ziaux (poetry)
1944 En passantn(drama)
1944 Loin de Rueil (The Skin of Dreams) (novel)
1947 Bucoliques
1947 A la limite de la forêt (At the Edge of the Forest)
1947 Une trouille verte
1947 Exercices de style (Exercises in Style)
1947 On est toujours trop bon avec les femmes (We Always Treat Women Too Well) (novel)
1948 L’Instant fatal (poetry)
1948 Saint Glinglin (Saint Glinglin) (novel)
1948 Le cheval troyen. Pointes sèches de Christiane Alanore (The Trojan horse)
1949 Joan Miró ou Le poète préhistorique
1949 Vlaminck ou, Le vertige de la matière
1950 Bâtons, chiffres et letters (Letters, Numbers, Forms: Essays, 1928-70)
1950 Journal intime (novel)
1950 Le Journal intime de Sally Mara (novel)
1950 Petite cosmogonie portative (poetry)
1951 Le Dimanche de la vie (The Sunday of Life) (novel)
1952 Si tu t’imagines, 1920-1951 (later: Si tu t’imagines, 1920-1948) (poetry)
1956 Lorsque l’esprit (story)
1956 Pour Une Bibliothèque Idéale (literature)
1959 Zazie dans le metro (Zazie) (novel)
1961 Cent mille milliards de poèmes (One Hundred Million Million Poems) (poetry)
1962 Entretiens avec Georges Charbonnier
1962 Les Oeuvres complètes de Sally Mara
1963 Bords: Mathématiciens, précurseurs, encyclopédistes (essay)
1965 Le Chien à la mandoline (poetry)
1965 Les Fleurs bleues (UK: Between Blue and Blue; US: The Blue Flowers) (novel)
1966 Une Histoire modèle (essay)
1966 Meccano ou l’Analyse matricielle du langage
1967 Courir les rues (poetry)
1968 Battre la campagne (poetry)
1968 Le Vol d’Icare (The Flight of Icarus) (novel)
1968 Chêne et chien suivi de Petite cosmogonie portative et de Le Chant de Styrène (Raymond Queneau’s Chêne et Chien: A Translation)
1969 Fendre les flots (poetry)
1970 Raymond Queneau en verve
1971 Raymond Queneau: Poems (poetry)
1973 Le Voyage en Grèce (travel)
1975 Morale élémentaire (Elementary Morality) (poetry)
1979 Correspondance Raymond Queneau-Élie Lascaux
1981 Contes et propos
1982 Un conte à votre façon
1985 Pounding the Pavements, Beating the Bushes and Other Pataphysical Poems (poetry)
1986 Journal 1939-1940 suivi de Philosophes et voyous
1988 Lettres croisées, 1949-1976/André Blavier, Raymond Queneau
1990 Gustave Le Bon
1993 Traité des vertus démocratiques (essay)
1996 Journaux: 1914-1965
1996 Dormi pleuré
2002 Aux confins des ténèbres: les fous littéraires français du XIXe siècle
2003 Cher monsieur-Jean-Marie mon fils: lettres 1938-1971
2008 Hazard et Fissile (story)