Writing a short biography of Raymond Queneau might at first appear a useless task: speaking about Proust’s life in

Bâtons, chiffres et lettres


Letters, numbers, forms



Queneau argues: “I will not devote much time on the last point, as people as subjects do not matter much”. Queneau has indeed always been eager to draw a line between personal and literary life. Yet biographical aspects do emerge in some of his books – particularly in

Chêne et Chien


Les Derniers jours


The Last Days

], but also in




] and

Le Dimanche de la vie


The Sunday of Life

], so we will include some of these here.

Raymond Auguste Queneau was born in Le Havre on 21 February 1903. His father was Auguste Queneau, a former volunteer who served in the colonies (Tonkin, Sudan), left the army

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Citation: François Denève, Corinne. "Raymond Queneau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 September 2012 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12765, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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