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Antonin Artaud

(1896-1948 / France)

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Antonin Artaud (September 4, 1896, in Marseille – March 4, 1948 in Paris) was a French playwright, poet, actor and theatre director. Antonin is a diminutive form of Antoine "little Anthony", and was among a list of names which Artaud used throughout his writing career. more »

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  • However fiercely opposed one may be to the present order, an old respect for the idea of order itself often prevents people from distinguishing between order and those who stand for order, and leads t...
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. letter, Feb. 10, 1935, to André Gide. Repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 24, ed. Su...
  • ''It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theatre producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 24, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Appeal to Youth: In...
  • ''All true language
    is incomprehensible,
    Like the chatter
    of a beggar's teeth.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 36, Indian Culture and Here Lies, ed. Susan Sont...
  • ''Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 36, Indian Culture and Here Lies, ed. Susan Sont...
  • The race of prophets is extinct. Europe is becoming set in its ways, slowly embalming itself beneath the wrappings of its borders, its factories, its law-courts and its universities. The frozen Mind c...
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. Letter to the Chancellors of the European Universities. Collected Works, vol. 1,...
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