Jacques Prevel


Jacques Prevel (1915 – 1951) was born in Normandy in 1915 and relocated to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris during the German occupation of France. There, he befriended the avant-garde artist Antonin Artaud. Prevel often provided laudanum and opium to Artaud, who was newly released from the Rodez psychiatric hospital. During his lifetime, Prevel self-published three collections of poetry: Poèmes mortels (Mortal Poems) in 1945; Poèmes pour toute mémoire (Poems for All Memory) in 1947; and De colère et de haine (Of Rage and Hatred) in 1950. Beginning in 1946, he maintained a diary of his friendship with Artaud until Artaud’s death in 1948. This manuscript was published posthumously with the title En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud (In the Company of Antonin Artaud). Prével died in Sainte-Feyre in 1951 after a long battle with tuberculosis.