Louis Aragon 1897-1982 was one of the most important French poets of the twentieth-century. In the 1920s he was one of the leaders of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements in Paris. In the 1930s he edited the anti-Fascist journal Commune and the French Communist Party newspaper Ce Soir. During the German Occupation he was active in the Resistance, and was later awarded the Croix de Guerre. After the War he edited Les Lettres Françaises, was elected to the PCF central committee and won the Lenin Peace Prize. He wrote over fifty books, including Les Aventures de Télémaque, Le Paysan de Paris, Aurélien, Les Communistes, Le Crève-Cur, Cantique à Elsa, Les Yeux d’Elsa, Le Musée Grévin and Le Roman inachevé. Nominated four times for the Nobel Prize, many of his poems have been set to music by musicians, notably George Brassens, Isabelle Aubret, Léo Ferré and Jean Ferrat.
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