Monday 30 November 2015

Blaise Cendrars, 1887–1961 (Swiss-French novelist and poet)

* Blaise Cendrars was a writer of considerable influence in the European modernist movement. He was the first modernist poet, not only in terms of expressing the fundamental values of Modernism but also in terms of creating its first solid poetical synthesis. In 1912, in New York, he wrote his long poem, "Les Pâques à New York" (Easter in New York), his first important contribution to modern literature. He signed it for the first time with the name 'Blaise Cendrars.'

Back in Paris, Cendrars became an important part of the artistic community in Montparnasse; his writings were considered a literary epic of the modern adventurer. He was a friend of the American writer Henry Miller, and, in 1918, his friend Amedeo Modigliani painted his portrait. He died on 21 January 1961.


BIRTH DATA: Frédéric-Louis Sauser, 1 September 1887, 19:45 (7:45pm)(-0:29:44), La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (47n06, 6e50). ASC: 12 Aries. RR: AA (quoted birth certificate). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield cites birth record quoted in Blaise Cendrars: Homme libre, poète au coeur du monde by Jean Bühler (Éditions du Panorama, Fischbacher, 1960), p. 9: "Blaise Cendrars est né le 1er septembre 1887, à 19 heures 45, à La Chaux-de-Fonds. Son père Georges Frédéric Sauser le déclara à l'état-civil sous les prénoms de Frédéric Louis. "

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