Maurice Nadeau


I do not subscribe to many magazines but one I read avidly is La Quinzaine littéraire. It has been edited and published by the first-class publisher, Maurice Nadeau, since 1966. It is currently facing financial difficulties and Nadeau has been fighting to save it. Sadly he died yesterday, aged 102, fighting for his magazine till the end. He has been associated with many famous names – writing a history of surrealism, while friends with André Breton, publishing Roland Barthes, defending Henry Miller, condemning torture in Algeria with his friend, Jean-Paul Sartre but, above all, discovering or first publishing in France a whole host of names. Obituaries in French in Figaro and Le Monde. He will be sorely missed.

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