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Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon

Louis Aragon (3 October 1897 – 24 December 1982) was a French poet and novelist, who was one of the leading voices of the surrealist movement in France, who co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature. He was also an editor, a long-time member of the Communist Party and a member of the Académie Goncourt.

Countless poems by Aragon have been set to music and become popular as songs. As a novelist he encompasses the whole ethos of the twentieth century: surrealist novel, socialist realism, realism, nouveau roman. Indeed, he was one of the founding personalities of the novel of his time.

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