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Truants and Cuckolds

Aaron Matz: Raymond Radiguet

21 March 2013
The Devil in the Flesh 
by Raymond Radiguet, translated by Christopher Moncrieff.
Penguin, 151 pp., £9.99, March 2012, 978 0 14 119464 6
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... In The Devil in the Flesh, RaymondRadiguet’s novel of 1923, there are no machine guns, no trenches, no clumsy helmets or Five-Nines. At one point there’s some fighting several kilometres away, but the sound of artillery fire is audible ...


Anne Stillman: Jean Cocteau

12 July 2017
Jean Cocteau: A Life 
by Claude Arnaud, translated by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell.
Yale, 1024 pp., £30, September 2016, 978 0 300 17057 3
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... artists who shared a tireless commitment to defending those contemporaries they believed to be important; by contrast, Breton’s way of forming a coterie seems like banditry. In​ 1919 Cocteau met RaymondRadiguet, who was then 15. It was the first of many intense, transformative encounters with much younger men. Radiguet had already published stories, short plays and outlined a novel that would ...

A New Verismo

John Bayley

8 January 1987
The Master Eccentric: The Journals of Rayner Heppenstall 1969-1981 
edited by Jonathan Goodman.
Allison and Busby, 278 pp., £14.95, December 1986, 0 85031 536 0
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The Pier 
by Rayner Heppenstall.
Allison and Busby, 192 pp., £9.95, December 1986, 9780850314502
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... Englishman. (Another ghost in the Journals, an entirely amiable one, is the writer’s wife, with whom he has a close and affectionate relation.) The French ghost seems a friend of prodigies like RaymondRadiguet, author of Le Diable au Corps and Le Bal du Comte D’Orgel, who lived with Cocteau (he was bisexual) and died at 20 of typhoid after eating too many Mediterranean oysters. English ...


John Bayley: Serious Novels

10 November 1994
... which like many good first novels by young authors appeared to be quite unconscious of the fashionable fictional scene all around it. It was as absorbed in its own discoveries as the first novel of RaymondRadiguet, Le Diable au Corps, a novel which may indeed hover in the background of Essays in Love. It was one of the entries too interested in itself to care about seriousness. Such confidence in ...

Bon Viveur in Cuban Heels

Julian Bell: Picasso

3 January 2008
A Life of Picasso. Vol. III: The Triumphant Years 1917-32 
by John Richardson.
Cape, 592 pp., £30, November 2007, 978 0 224 03121 9
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... work of the imagination. There is room for such wonderful foolishness. Forget Picasso: here’s Brancusi (his sworn enemy, incidentally) and Cocteau’s idol, the charismatic poète maudit RaymondRadiguet: They had both had enough of Cocteau’s shenanigans. ‘Let’s leave,’ Brancusi said. Off they went, with Nina Hamnett, to Montparnasse. The Dôme was about to close – just time to buy ...

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