Cocteau, Jean

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was something of a butterfly with a prolific output in his life. He wrote poems, novels (Les Enfants Terribles was one), journals, directed films (`Beauty and the Beast` and `Le testament d`orphee` perhaps the best known), painted and drew constantly, producing many lithographs as well. He also wrote the ballet Parade which was produced by Diaghilev, designed by Pablo Picasso and with music composed by Erik Satie in 1917.He was a great socialte, a boxing promoter, was instrumental in getting Jean Genet released from jail and much much more so check him out yourself.