Raymond Queneau

Raymond Queneau Dit Par Philippe Noiret
Label: Adès – 4039
Series: Poètes D'Aujourd'hui – 4039
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, EP
Country: France
Genre: Poetry
Raymond Queneau was a French novelist, poet, critic, editor and co-founder and president of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), notable for his wit and cynical humour.

Queneau was born at 47, rue Thiers (now Avenue René-Coty), Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, the only child of Auguste Queneau and Joséphine Mignot. After studying in Le Havre, Queneau moved to Paris in 1920 and received his first baccalauréat in 1925 for philosophy from the University of Paris. Queneau performed military service as a zouave in Algeria and Morocco during the years 1925–26. During the 1920s and 1930s Queneau took odd jobs for income such as bank teller, tutor, translator and some writing in a column entitled, "Connaissez-vous Paris?" for the daily Intransigeant. Queneau was drafted in August 1939 and served in small provincial towns before his promotion to corporal just before being demobilized in 1940. After a prolific career of writing, editing and critique, Queneau died on 25 October 1976.