Antonin Artaud

1896 - 1948

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Antoine Marie Joseph Paul Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud (pronounced [ɑ̃tɔnɛ̃ aʁto]; 4 September 1896 – 4 March 1948), was a French artist who worked across a variety of media. He is best known for his writings, as well as his work in the theatre and cinema. Widely recognized as a major figure of the European avant-garde, he had a particularly strong influence on twentieth-century theatre through his conceptualization of the Theatre of Cruelty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antonin Artaud has received more than 1,471,506 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Antonin Artaud is the 308th most popular writer (down from 277th in 2019), the 347th most popular biography from France (down from 324th in 2019) and the 55th most popular French Writer.

Antonin Artaud was a French playwright, actor, and poet. He is most famous for his writing on the theater, especially his work The Theater and Its Double.

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Notable Works

Antonin Artaud
Literary Criticism
Collection of plays, letters, and essays. The first volume of the "Collected Works" contains the important correspondence with Jacques Riviere, and Artaud's extraordinary explorations of consciousness and creativity in Umbilico Limbo and Nerve Scales, as well as essays on life and death, suicide, drugs, lunacy, religion and art, poems, manifestos, the terrifying short play The Spurt of Bloodletters and other material. This important volume is essential to an understanding of the art and theater of our time and will give endless pleasure and information to its readers. Translated and with an introduction by Victor Corti.
Artaud on theatre
Performing Arts
This revised and updated edition contains all of Artaud's key writings on theatre and cinema from 1921 to his death in 1948, including new selections never before in English. Artaud's ideas have inspired the work of Genet, Arrabal, The Living Theatre, Grotowski, Brook, and most of the experimental drama and performance work of recent decades. One of the great daring mapmakers of consciousness in extremis. --Susan Sontag
Oeuvres complètes
Messages révolutionnaires
Le Théâtre et son double


Among writers, Antonin Artaud ranks 308 out of 7,302Before him are Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Carlos Castaneda, Pierre Beaumarchais, Chrétien de Troyes, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and Appian. After him are Françoise Sagan, Ernst Jünger, C. S. Lewis, Gao Xingjian, Roger Martin du Gard, and Gertrude Stein.

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Among people born in 1896, Antonin Artaud ranks 12Before him are Imre Nagy, André Breton, Tristan Tzara, Roman Jakobson, Paula Hitler, and Konstantin Rokossovsky. After him are Trygve Lie, Klement Gottwald, Gerty Cori, Andrei Zhdanov, Leslie Groves, and Milena Jesenská. Among people deceased in 1948, Antonin Artaud ranks 11Before him are Edvard Beneš, Franz Lehár, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Hideki Tojo, Walther von Brauchitsch, and Edgar de Wahl. After him are Folke Bernadotte, Andrei Zhdanov, Nikolai Berdyaev, Karl Brandt, Johannes Blaskowitz, and Witold Pilecki.

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In France

Among people born in France, Antonin Artaud ranks 347 out of 6,770Before him are Louis de Broglie (1892), Claude Bernard (1813), John the Fearless (1371), Raymond Kopa (1931), Fernand Braudel (1902), and Paul Barras (1755). After him are Françoise Sagan (1935), Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930), Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633), Brigitte Macron (1953), Philippe Noiret (1930), and Louis Renault (1843).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Antonin Artaud ranks 55Before him are François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Alphonse Daudet (1840), Paul Valéry (1871), Colette (1873), Pierre Beaumarchais (1732), and Chrétien de Troyes (1135). After him are Françoise Sagan (1935), Roger Martin du Gard (1881), Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Henri Charrière (1906), Ève Curie (1904), and André Malraux (1901).