Selected Writings by Antonin Artaud

By Antonin Artaud

A innovative determine within the literary avant-garde of his time, Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) is now noticeable to be primary to the advance of post-modernism. His writings include verse, prose poems, movie eventualities, a historic novel, performs, essays on movie, theater, artwork, and literature, and lots of letters. Susan Sontag's choice conveys the genius of this singular author.

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He was probably about forty years old at that time. He was always well groomed, had a mustache, dark haira full head of hair, brown almost to the point of being black. He was about five feet ten, a little overweight, but muscular and very strong. He had a very expressive face, dark brown eyes, always very happy looking. Every once in a while [when] I would be studying Caruso's face (he had such a wonderfully expressive face), I would be reminded of how Jimmy Ceriani looked. What led you to leave the San Carlino to begin singing at the Café Mellone?

He told me that he had heard Emmy Destinn many times at the Met and that my voice was in the same league as hers. I'll never forget that; I can't tell you how much his confidence meant to me. When you accepted his offer to sing full-time at the Café Mellone, then, you had to leave home and move to New Haven? Yes, I stayed with a cousin of my mother's for a little while, and then through Carmela I went to live with a young married couple, Margaret and Rocco Da Vino. He was an architect, very successful, and they were friends of ours.

And we had a grocery store and a bakery on the bottom floor of our house. My father, and later on my brother Tony, ran the fuel business and the bakery. Mother ran the grocery store. It was just a neighborhood grocery [with] canned goods, cheeses, cured meats, and bread from our bakery. I used to help her after school and in the summertime. But I was always taking samplesa little salami, a little cheese, a handful of black olivesand my mother used to kid me about my snacking. " Were there other relatives living with your family?

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