Happy Birthday, Isidore-Lucien Ducasse

Isidore Ducasse was an Uruguayan-born Decadent poet, born on this day, 171 years ago. His only completed work, a collection of poetry titled Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, was largely overlooked during the author's short life but later championed by the members of several underground movements. For its publication, Ducasse used the nom de plume for which is … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Isidore-Lucien Ducasse

A look at French writer and thinker Paul Valery on the anniversary of his birth

Paul Valéry was an essayist, intellectual, journalist, philosopher, Symbolist poet, fiction writer and polymath who was born 142 years ago today. Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry was born 30 October, 1871 to a Corsican father and Genoese-Istrian mother in Sète (or Cette) -- a small town in Occitania. There he attended school at Collège de Sète before the … Continue reading A look at French writer and thinker Paul Valery on the anniversary of his birth