Jean Genet

1910 - 1986

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Jean Genet (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʒənɛ]; (1910-12-19)19 December 1910 – (1986-04-15)15 April 1986) was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. In his early life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but he later became a writer and playwright. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Genet has received more than 1,435,442 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Jean Genet is the 381st most popular writer (down from 356th in 2019), the 445th most popular biography from France (down from 405th in 2019) and the 67th most popular French Writer.

Jean Genet is most famous for his book, "The Thief's Journal," which he wrote about his time in prison.

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Notable Works

Journal du voleur
French playwright Genet creates a self-portrait in an account reflecting his life and radical ideas about society
Le balcon
Miracle de la rose
This nightmarish account of prison life during the German occupation of France is dominated by the figure of the condemned murderer Harcamone, who takes root and bears unearthly blooms in the ecstatic and brooding imagination of his fellow prisoner Genet.
Haute surveillance
Querelle de Brest


Among writers, Jean Genet ranks 381 out of 7,302Before him are Enheduanna, Theocritus, Arthur de Gobineau, Julio Cortázar, Georges Bataille, and Sergei Yesenin. After him are Cornelius Nepos, Elena Ferrante, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Mika Waltari, Einhard, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Among people born in 1910, Jean Genet ranks 9Before him are Jacques Cousteau, Giuseppe Meazza, Ingrid of Sweden, Robert K. Merton, Irena Sendler, and Gloria Stuart. After him are Paulette Goddard, Katherine Oppenheimer, Django Reinhardt, Konrad Zuse, Jacques Monod, and Eric Berne. Among people deceased in 1986, Jean Genet ranks 12Before him are Olof Palme, Mircea Eliade, Tenzing Norgay, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Beuys, and Cliff Burton. After him are Harold Macmillan, Frank Herbert, Urho Kekkonen, Henry Moore, Celâl Bayar, and Jaroslav Seifert.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Genet ranks 445 out of 6,770Before him are Isabella of France (1295), Albert Lebrun (1871), Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845), Arthur de Gobineau (1816), Georges Bataille (1897), and Joan I of Navarre (1273). After him are Elisabeth of France (1602), Hippolyte Taine (1828), Anouk Aimée (1932), Isabelle Huppert (1953), Abraham de Moivre (1667), and Charles Le Brun (1619).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Jean Genet ranks 67Before him are André Malraux (1901), Théophile Gautier (1811), Paul Éluard (1895), Alphonse de Lamartine (1790), Arthur de Gobineau (1816), and Georges Bataille (1897). After him are Gregory of Tours (538), Jacques Prévert (1900), René Guénon (1886), Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Alfred de Musset (1810), and Patrick Modiano (1945).