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dec 29, 1876 - Raymond Roussel

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Dandy and player of word games (and chess) whom Breton called "along with Lautréamont, the greatest hypnotist of modern times." His poem The View (1904) foreshadowed the New Novel; two novels, Impressions of Africa (1910) and Locus Solus (1914), which he also staged at extravagant expense, and plays "The Star on the Forehead" (1924) and "The Dust of Suns" (1926) and the posthumous fragment "Documents to Serve as an Outline" (1936) employ an artificial method of composition based on phonetic distortion. Roussel is also considered a pataphysician and a precursor of "the theatre of the absurd," and exerts a major influence on the Oulipo. His major works are in print from Atlas Press (London). A neurasthenic, he overdosed on barbiturates at the age of fifty-six

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