Louis Aragon 1897–
French poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, journalist, historian, and critic.
Aragon's work has evolved through the avant-garde movements of cubism, dadaism, and surrealism. Many absurdist playwrights credit Aragon's early surrealistic poetry as a major influence on their work. Aragon's dissociation from the surrealist movement in the thirties and subsequent commitment to social realism radically changed the thrust of his work, but he has maintained his reputation as a compelling force in French literature and politics. According to Jean Genet, Aragon is "French Communism's undisputed intellectual, literary, and artistic leader."
(See also CLC, Vol. 3, and Contemporary Authors, Vols. 69-72.)