Jean-Pierre Faure collection on Raymond Queneau and pataphysics
Scope and Contents
Collection consists of correspondence, printed ephemera, photographs, sound recordings, and other material relating chiefly to Raymond Queneau and the Collège de 'Pataphysique. There are separate correspondence files for Queneau and Jean-Pierre Faure from members of the Collège de 'Pataphysique and others. The bulk of the correspondence to Queneau, received during his tenure with the Collège as "Transcendental Satrap" from the early 1950s to early 1970s, is from Jean-Hugues Sainmont, pseudonym of Emmanuel Peillet. Other correspondents include Henri Bouché, Jean Ferry, Raymond Fleury, Thiéri Foulc, and bookseller Sylvain Goudemare, with materials mentioning Alfred Jarry, Baron Jean Mollet, Boris Vian, and Noël Arnaud. In addition to these larger files, there is one autograph postcard signed from Alfred Jarry to Gustave Kahn.
Printed ephemera, relating chiefly to the Collège de 'Pataphysique, includes clippings, postcards, documents, circulars, manifestos, publicity, catalogs, and a diploma, by the Ordre de la grande gidouille, completed in manuscript and awarded to Queneau. Other material in the collection includes photographs of Sainmont, Bouché, Mollet, Vian, Henri Robillot, and other members of the Collège, as well as several record albums and one audiocassette.
- 1901 - 2003
- Majority of material found within 1950 - 2000
Language of Materials
Chiefly in French; some material in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 7 contains (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Jean-Pierre Faure Collection on Raymond Queneau and Pataphysics is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Librarie Benoit Forgeot on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2010.
Organized into three series: I. Correpondence, 1901-2003. II. Printed and Other Material, 1946-2002. III. Audio Recordings, 1956-1960.
1.33 Linear Feet ((5 boxes) + 1 art, 2 record album storage)
Collection consists of correspondence and printed and other materials relating to Raymond Queneau and the Collège de 'Pataphysique. There are separate correspondence files for Queneau and Jean-Pierre Faure from members of the Collège de 'Pataphysique and others. The bulk of the correspondence to Queneau, received during his tenure with the Collège as "Transcendental Satrap" from the early 1950s to early 1970s, is from Jean-Hugues Sainmont, pseudonym of Emmanuel Peillet. Other correspondents include Henri Bouché, Jean Ferry, Raymond Fleury, Thiéri Foulc, and bookseller Syvain Goudemare. In addition to these larger files, there is one autograph postcard signed from Alfred Jarry to Gustave Kahn. Printed ephemera, relating chiefly to the Collège de 'Pataphysique, includes clippings, postcards, documents, circulars, manifestos, publicity, catalogs, and a diploma, by the Ordre de la grande gidouille, awarded to Queneau. Audiovisual material includes photographs of Sainmont, Bouché, Baron Jean Mollet, Boris Vian, and Henri Robillot, among others, and several record albums and one audiocassette.
Raymond Queneau (1903-1976)
Raymond Queneau, French novelist and poet, was born in Le Havre to Auguste Queneau, a businessman, and Josephine Mignot. After completing his studies at the lycée in Le Havre, Queneau went on to the University of Paris in 1920 and took his degree in philosophy in 1926. That same year he was called to military duty in Algeria and Morocco. A year later he returned to Paris, where he married Janine Kahn, with whom he had a son, Jean-Marie, in 1934. Queneau worked odd jobs for ten years before becoming a reader at the Gallimard publishing house in 1938. Queneau’s editorial career was interrupted briefly when he was drafted into the military in August, 1939. Serving in small provincial towns, he was promoted to corporal just before being demobilized in July, 1940. Queneau then returned to Paris and, in addition to his editorial duties at Gallimard, where he became general secretary, he collaborated on clandestine publications and wrote a column for Front National until 1945. Queneau remained at Gallimard for the rest of his life and, in addition to his editorial work and publications, he was a member of the Collège de 'Pataphysique.
Biographical information taken from Slomski, Genevieve. "Raymond Queneau." Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition (2003): 1. Biography Reference Center. Web. 7 October 2013.
Collège de 'Pataphysics
The Collège de 'Pataphysics, founded in Paris in 1948, is a society dedicated to the "science of imaginary solutions" developed by Alfred Jarry in the character of Doctor Faustroll in Gestes et opinions du Docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien (Paris: Eugène Fasquelle, 1911).
Jean-Pierre Faure is a collector and bookseller based in Paris and member of the Collège de 'Pataphysique. Faure owns the bookstore “Un regarde moderne,” which has served as the central distributor for the “graphzine” movement since the 1980s.
- Arnaud, Noël, 1919-2003
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors -- France -- 20th Century
- Authors, French -- 20th Century
- Bouché, Henri
- Boullet, Jean, 1921-1970
- Collège de 'pataphysique
- Faure, Jean-Pierre
- Ferry, Jean, 1906-1974
- Fleury, Raymond
- Foulc, Thiéri
- French literature -- 20th Century
- Goudemare, Sylvain
- Jarry, Alfred, 1873-1907
- Kahn, Gustave, 1859-1936
- Long-playing records
- Mollet, Jean, baron
- Ordre de la grande gidouille
- Photographic prints
- Queneau, Raymond, 1903-1976
- Robillot, Henri
- Sainmont, Jean-Hugues, 1914-1973
- Sound recordings
- Vian, Boris, 1920-1959
- Guide to the Jean-Pierre Faure Collection on Raymond Queneau and Pataphysics
- by Beinecke staff
- October 2013
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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