Jean Genet (; (1910-12-19)December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986(1986-04-15)) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief's Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens.
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“We know that their adventures are childish. They themselves are fools. They are ready to kill or be killed over a card-game in which an opponentor they themselveswas cheating. Yet, thanks to such fellows, tragedies are possible.”
—Jean Genet (19101986)