O Rare Denis Saurat
An appreciation by John Robert Colombo


 O Rare Denis Saurat is an appreciation of the life and work of Denis Saurat, the Anglo-French scholar and author, who between 1920 and 1950 was a member of the Department of French of Kings College London and served as the director of the French Institute of London. As a scholar he contributed to an understanding of the writings of Milton, Blake, and Hugo; as an author with metaphysical interests and traditionalist inclinations, he equated the preoccupations of "philosophical poets" with "the gods of the people"; as an innovative and taboo-defying thinker, he explored obscure traditions concerning "the rise and fall of Atlantis," "the reign of the giants," and "the civilization of the insects."

O Rare Denis Saurat is the first examination in English or French of this engaging scholar's surprising achievements. This biographical study represents something of a departure for John Robert Colombo, the Canadian author and anthologist, who has a scholarly interest in Saurat's life and work. There are 50 black-and-white illustrations, including photographs of Saurat with Charles de Gaulle and Jean Cocteau.

Quality Trade Paperback, full colour cover. 450 p.
ISBN 1-55246-527-6 US $40.00

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