Opium: The Diary of His Cure (Paperback)

The Diary of His Cure

By Jean Cocteau, Crosland Margaret, Margaret Crosland (Translator)

Peter Owen Publishers, 9780720608007, 220pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2001



The literary and cinematic legend gives his no-holds-barred account of a dangerous addiction In this classic study Cocteau vividly describes his extraordinary experiences while taking opium, the drug to which he owed his "perfect hours" but which, inevitably, exacted its price. It also contains reminiscences of some of Cocteau's closet friends, including Nijinsky and Marcel Proust, and provides revealing insights into the creation of such masterpieces as Orphee and Les Enfants Terribles.

About the Author

Jean Cocteau is regarded as one of France's greatest men of arts and letters. A multi-faceted talent and a recipient of the Legion d'honneur, he achieved distinction as a poet, playwright, and critic as well as an artist, illustrator, composer, actor, and internationally acclaimed filmmaker. He was the author of La Belle et la Bete, Les Enfants Terribles, and Thomas the Impostor.