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Comte de Lautréamont

Comte de LautréamontAKA Isidore-Lucien Ducasse

Born: 4-Apr-1846
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 24-Nov-1870
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Les Chants de Maldoror

Taking his pseudonym from a novel by Eugène Sue, Lautremont authored the impossibly dark poem cycle Maldoror. Credited as a precursor of the Surrealists by André Breton, who cited the elegant incongruity of Lautreamont's simile "comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie" - "as beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella".

Died during the Siege of Paris at the age of 24.

Father: François Ducasse (diplomat)
Mother: Jacquette-Celestine Davezac (m. Sep-1846, d. Dec-1847)

Author of books:
Les Chants de Maldoror (1868-9, poetry, trans. The Lay of Maldoror)
Poésies (1870, prose)

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