Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon (lwē ärägôN´), 1897–1982, French writer. One of the founders of surrealism in literature, Aragon abandoned that philosophy for Marxism after a trip to the USSR in 1931. He was a leader of the Resistance during World War II, and he edited the radical Paris daily Ce Soir and later the Communist weekly Les Lettres françaises. Aragon's early works include the volume of poems Feu de joie (1920) and the surrealistic novel Le Paysan de Paris (1926, tr. Nightwalker, 1970). His cycle of social novels concerning political responsibility are translated as The Bells of Basel (1934, tr. 1941), Residential Quarter (1936, tr. 1938), The Century Was Young (1941, tr. 1941), and Aurelien (1945, tr. 1947). Les Communistes, the first of his five-volume cycle of realistic novels, appeared in 1949. His later works include a novel about the artist Jean Louis Géricault, Holy Week (1958, tr. 1961); a history of the USSR from 1917 to 1960, Histoire parallèle (1962, tr. 1964); the novel La Mise à mort (1965); and a two-volume memoir of Matisse (1972). His major works of poetry include Le Crève-coeur (1941), war poems; the series of love poems to his wife, the novelist Triolet: Les Yeux d'Elsa (1954), Elsa (1959), and Le Fou d'Elsa (1963); and Les Chambres (1969).

See Louis Aragon, Poet of the French Resistance (ed. by H. Josephson and M. Cowley, 1945); study by L. F. Becker (1971).

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Louis Aragon and the Critical Muse
Bohn, Willard.
The Romanic Review, Vol. 89, No. 3, May 1998
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Holy Week: A Novel
Louis Aragon; Haakon Chevalier.
Putnam, 1961
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Includes "The Lilacs and the Roses," "Song for a Barrel Organ," "Night at Dunkerque," and "Christmas Roses" by Louis Aragon
Think Back on Us: A Contemporary Chronicle of the 1930's
Henry Dan Piper; Malcolm Cowley.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Louis Aragon" begins on p. 301
Aragon's "Le Mentir-Vrai": Reflections on Truth and Self-Knowledge in Autobiography
Suleiman, Susan Rubin.
The Romanic Review, January-March 2001
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Toward the Poetics of Surrealism
J. H. Matthews.
Syracuse University Press, 1976
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Louis Aragon in multiple chapters
Matisse through the Looking Glass (1)
Spurling, Hilary.
The Romanic Review, January-March 2001
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Aragon, Elsa Triolet: Love and Politics in the Cold War
Jullien, Dominique.
The Romanic Review, January-March 2001
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Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic, 1870-1940
Patrick H. Hutton; Amanda S. Bourque; Amy J. Staples.
Greenwood Press, vol.1, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Aragon, Louis ( 1897-)" begins on p. 33
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