Annal: 1971 National Book Award for Arts and Letters

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1971.

Book:Cocteau

Cocteau: A Biography

Francis Steegmuller

The contradictions and paradoxes of Jean Cocteau, poet, novelist, playwright, and film-maker, can be called a deliberate scandal. The generosity and the egomania, the poise and the anguish of an opium-addicted homosexual, a man who knew everyone that mattered in the arts, and who climaxed an avant-garde life by entering, without seeming contradiction, the formidable conservative precincts of the Academie Francaise—all this is elegantly woven by Mr. Steegmuller into the tapestry of this award-winning and riveting biography.

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