Comte de Lautréamont

(1846 - 1870)

The son of a French consular official, the Comte de Lautréamont was born Isidore-Lucien Ducasse in Montevideo in 1846. After arriving in Paris, he “wrote only at night, seated at his piano,” one of his editors later revealed. He would declaim his sentences, “punctuating his recitation with chords”; this brought on “the despair of the other tenants.”

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