Julien Gracq( 27 July 1910 - 22 December 2007 )
Julien Gracq , born Louis Poirier in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, in the French département of Maine-et-Loire, was a French writer. He wrote novels, critiques, a play, and poetry. His literary works were noted for their dreamlike abstraction, elegant style and refined vocabulary. He was close to the surrealist movement, in particular its leader >André Breton.
Gracq first studied in Paris at the >Lycée Henri IV, where he earned his >baccalauréat. He then entered the ">École Normale Supérieure in 1930, later studying at the École libre des sciences politiques
In 1932, he read >André Breton's Nadja, which deeply influenced him. His first novel, The Castle of Argol, is dedicated to that surrealist writer, to whom he devoted a whole book in 1948.
During the Second World War, he was a prisoner of...