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Author: Robert Phelps
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1st edition (1970)
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The full title is Professional Secrets: An Autobiography of Jean Cocteau

The full title is Professional Secrets: An Autobiography of Jean Cocteau. Note: an autobiography of, not by, Cocteau. This work, appearing several years after Cocteau's death in 1963, is "Drawn from his Lifetime Writings, by Robert Phelps. Along the way, Cocteau reflects on work, friends, love and life. And he did lead an interesting life.

In 1970, Mr. Phelps compiled ''Professional Secrets: An Autobiography of Jean Cocteau. Drawn From His Lifetime Writings. In 1951, Mr. Phelps wrote later, he sold the publishing house ''to Barney Rosset and resolved to live by my typewriter

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Drawn from Cocteau’s writing, compiled by Robert Phelps (one of the original founders of Grove Press), and translated by poet Richard Howard, Professional Secrets: An Autobiography of Jean Cocteau was published.

Drawn from Cocteau’s writing, compiled by Robert Phelps (one of the original founders of Grove Press), and translated by poet Richard Howard, Professional Secrets: An Autobiography of Jean Cocteau was published by FSG in 1970, the same year as Francis Steegmuller’s Cocteau: A Biography, which went on to win the National Book Award. A warm bond of friendship, based on their mutual interest in Eugenio Montale, began to grow between Shirley and FSG Publisher Jonathan Galassi after they met in the home of Natalia Murray, the representative of Rizzoli in America and companion of the New Yorker’s estimable Paris correspondent, Janet Flanner.

QUOTE NOTE: Not long after the United States formally entered WWI, jazz and other elements of American culture began to take Europe by storm. Cocteau’s vivid description of that night at the Casino continued: The hot hall full of painted girls and American soldiers is a saloon in some Western film. This noise drenches us, wakens us to do something else. It shows us a lost path. It is people living in sound.

HarperCollins Publishers [Published Date: 1972]. Soft cover, 331 pp. First Harper Colophon Edition, 1972]. Black and white illustrations and photo reproductions. For over half a century, Jean Cocteau was the master bricoleur Jack-of-all-trades in the arts of Western Europe. His trademark, handwritten name with a tailpiece star, became as famous as his name, and his collected works, as Auden said, would require "not a bookshelf, but a warehouse." Besides some fifty volumes of poems, plays, novels, memoirs, diaries, and criticism, he also made drawings, paintings, tapestries, pottery, movies, murals, stage sets, ballets, opera libretti, cabaret songs (music as well as words), and one season he designed a line of Christmas cards....Drawing upon some thirty of Cocteau's books, as well as memoirs by friends and confreres, Professional Secrets follows the trajectory of a living myth. From a bewitched and stage-struck childhood, with Bernhardt and Mistinguett and Proust and Rilke in the wings; to the turning point in 1913 when Diaghilev smiled at the young Cocteau and said, "Etonne-moi. . . Do something that will surprise me. . .", it moves through a series of events and encounters that stand like so many heraldic signs: the opium cures, the love for Raymond Radiguet, the religious crises, the psychosomatic illnesses, the world travels, the friendships with Picasso and Stravinsky, Satie and Chaplin, Colette and Gide; and the incessant, inspired work in theatres, film studios, and alone at a writing table, in the middle of the night, using paper and ink as "the only means I have to forget my ugliness and to become beautiful. . ."

Comments:

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Not very easy to read if your main language isnt english.
Kajishakar
One of my favorite books. Brilliant writing, lucidly translated, from one of the masters of 20th Century prose. There isn't a page in this wonderful collection that does not astonish, delight, and inspire me even after repeated reading

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