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Aragon, Louis (1897-1982)
"Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized."

Louis Aragon


Louis Aragon was a French historian, poet and novelist, and a member of the Académie Goncourt. Having been involved in Dada from 1919 to 1924, Aragon became a founding member of Surrealism in 1924 with André Breton and Philippe Soupault. Aragon joined the French Communist Party with several other surrealists. He would remain a member for the rest of his life, writing several political poems including one to Maurice Thorez, however he was also critical of the USSR, particularly during the 50's.

In 1939 he married Russian-born author Elsa Triolet (born 1896), the sister-in-law of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. During the World War II German occupation of France he wrote for the underground press Les Éditions de Minuit.

One noted Aragon poem is "Red Poster," in which he honoured foreigners who died while fighting to free France. This was done in response to the Nazi propaganda campaign named Red Poster, which aimed at convincing the French people that the resistance movement was composed of foreigners, mainly Jewish, who served the interests of Britain and the Soviet Union.

After the death of his wife on June 16, 1970, Aragon revealed his bisexuality and appeared at gay pride parades in a pink convertible.

 
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