The Life You Give: Jean Genet *1910

Jean Genet, born Dec. 19, 1910, in Paris, France, was a criminal and social outcast turned writer who, as a novelist, transformed erotic and often obscene subject matter into a poetic vision of the universe and, as a dramatist, became a leading figure in the avant-garde theatre, especially the Theatre of the Absurd.Genet, an illegitimate… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jean Genet *1910

The Life You Give: Édith Piaf *1915

Edith Piaf, born Edith Giovanna Gassion, born December 19, 1915, in Paris, France, was a singer and actress whose interpretation of the chanson, or French ballad, made her internationally famous. Among her trademark songs were “Non, je ne regrette rien” (“No, I Don’t Regret Anything”) and “La Vie en rose” (literally “Life in Pink”. The… Continue reading The Life You Give: Édith Piaf *1915