Comte de Lautréamont

1846 - 1870

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Comte de Lautréamont (French: [lotʁeamɔ̃]) was the nom de plume of Isidore Lucien Ducasse (4 April 1846 – 24 November 1870), a French poet born in Uruguay. His only works, Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, had a major influence on modern arts and literature, particularly on the Surrealists and the Situationists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Comte de Lautréamont has received more than 379,432 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Comte de Lautréamont is the 446th most popular writer (down from 441st in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Uruguay and the most popular Uruguayan Writer.

The Comte de Lautréamont is most famous for his work Les Chants de Maldoror, a collection of poems and prose poems that was published posthumously in 1869.

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Les chants de Maldoror
Chants de Maldoror
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Maldoror (Les chants de Maldoror)
Maldoror is a long narrative prose poem which celebrates the principle of Evil in an elaborate style and with a passion akin to religions fanaticism. The French poet-critic Georges Hugnet has written of Lautréamont: "He terrifies, stupefies, strikes dumb. He could look squarely at that which others had merely given a passing glance." When first published in 1868-69, Maldoror went almost unnoticed. But in the 1890s the book was rediscovered and hailed as a work of genius by such eminent writers as Huysmans, Léon Block, Maeterlinck, and Rémy de Gourmont. Later still, Lautréamont was to be canonized as one of their principal "ancestors" by the Paris surrealists. This edition, translated by Guy Wernham, includes also a long introduction to a never-written, or now lost, volume of poetry. Thus, except for a few letters, it gives all the surviving literary work of Lautréamont.


Among writers, Comte de Lautréamont ranks 446 out of 7,302Before him are Lysias, Giacomo Leopardi, Auguste Escoffier, Propertius, Rudaki, and Fausto Cercignani. After him are Ammianus Marcellinus, Karl Barth, Gabriela Mistral, Susan Sontag, Salvatore Quasimodo, and Boris Vian.

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Among people born in 1846, Comte de Lautréamont ranks 8Before him are Peter Carl Fabergé, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, George Westinghouse, Edmondo De Amicis, and Wilhelm Maybach. After him are Buffalo Bill, Wladimir Köppen, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, Naim Frashëri, Prince Leopold of Bavaria, and Gaston Maspero. Among people deceased in 1870, Comte de Lautréamont ranks 6Before him are Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens, Prosper Mérimée, Robert E. Lee, and Frédéric Bazille. After him are Josef Strauss, Francisco Solano López, Alexander Herzen, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.

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In Uruguay

Among people born in Uruguay, Comte de Lautréamont ranks 2 out of 444Before him are José Mujica (1935). After him are Tabaré Vázquez (1940), Eduardo Galeano (1940), José Nasazzi (1901), Alcides Ghiggia (1926), Juan Alberto Schiaffino (1925), Nando Parrado (1949), José Leandro Andrade (1901), Héctor Scarone (1898), Luis Suárez (1987), and Héctor Castro (1904).

Among WRITERS In Uruguay

Among writers born in Uruguay, Comte de Lautréamont ranks 1After him are Eduardo Galeano (1940), Mario Benedetti (1920), Jules Laforgue (1860), Juan Carlos Onetti (1909), Horacio Quiroga (1878), Jules Supervielle (1884), Delmira Agustini (1886), Cristina Peri Rossi (1941), Juana de Ibarbourou (1892), Ida Vitale (1923), and José Enrique Rodó (1871).