Robert Desnos( 4 July 1900 - 8 June 1945 )
Robert Desnos , was a French surrealist poet who played a key role in the Surrealist movement of his day.
Robert Desnos was born in Paris on 4 July 1900, the son of a licensed dealer in game and poultry at the Halles market. Other sources state Desnos was the son of a Parisien café owner. Desnos attended commercial college, and started work as a clerk. He also worked as an amanuensis for journalist Jean de Bonnefon. After that he worked as a literary columnist for the newspaper Paris-Soir.
The first poems by Desnos to appear in print were published in 1917 in La Tribune des Jeunes and in 1919 in the avant-garde review, Le Trait d’union , and also the same year in the Dadaist magazine >Littérature. In 1922, he published his first book, a collection of surrealistic aphorisms, with the...