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Cendrars, Blaise

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Born: 1887 AD
Died: 1961 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Authors, Poets

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1887 – He was born Friedrich Sauser-Hall on the 1st day of September of this year in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland and at age 15, he left home to work for a jewel merchant that provided him with the opportunity to travel.

 

1910 – He moved to Paris, France where he met the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Greatly influenced by Apollinaire and his world travels, Cendrars would create a style based on photographic impressions, themes, and reflections in which nostalgia and disillusion were blended with a boundless vision of the world.

 

1913 – He demonstrated this through his lengthy poem titled in English as "The Prose of the Transsiberian and of the Little Jehanne of France" in which he described his world journey.

 

1914 - He was sent to the front line in the Somme where from mid-December 1914 until February 1915. He was in the line at Frise (at La Grenouillère and the Bois de la Vache). He described this experience in his famous books "La main coupée" ("The Severed Hand") and "J'ai tué" ("I have killed").

 

1918 – He visited her house and was so taken with the simplicity of the décor, he was inspired to write the sequence of poems D'Oultremer à Indigo (From Ultramarine to Indigo). He stayed with Eugenia in her house in Biarritz, in a room decorated with murals by Pablo Picasso.

 

1925 - After the war, he became involved in the movie industry in Italy, France, and the United States. Needing to generate sufficient income, after this year, he stopped publishing poetry and focused on novels or short stories.

 

1961 – He died on the 21st day of January of this year in Paris, France. He was awarded the Paris Grand Prix for literature. Most of his works were translated into English including the long poem "Le Panama ou Les Aventures de Mes Sept Oncles" translated by John Dos Passos and published in the United States in 1931.


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