Isidore-Lucien Ducasse

[Comte de Lautréamont]

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Comte de Lautréamont was the pseudonym of Isidore-Lucien Ducasse (4 April 1846 – 24 November 1870), an Uruguayan-born French poet.

His only works, Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, had a major influence on modern literature, particularly on the Surrealists and the Situationists. He died at the age of 24. more »

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  • ''It is a power stronger than will.... Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.''
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 3 (1870, trans. 1978).
  • Throughout my life, I have seen narrow-shouldered men, without a single exception, committing innumerable stupid acts, brutalizing their fellows and perverting souls by all means. They call the motive...
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1870, trans. 1978).
  • ''The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic.''
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Maldoror, bk. 1, ch. 9 (1870, trans. 1978).
  • ''Despair, feeding, as it always does, on phantasmagoria, is imperturbably leading literature to the rejection, en masse, of all divine and social laws, towards practical and theoretical evil.''
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Poems, pt. 1 (1870).
  • ''Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt ... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.''
    Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont (1846-1870), French author, poet. Poésies, ch. 1 (1870).
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