Jean Lorrain (3143 words)

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Considered to be the highest paid journalist and certainly one of the most scandalous writers of fin de siècle Paris, Jean Lorrain spent over thirty years carefully documenting high and low cultural life through writings as diverse as chronicles and gossip columns, poems, novels, plays, songs, tales and short stories. His polymorphous oeuvre can be seen as the transition from Symbolism and Decadence to twentieth century literature. Self-proclaimed “le fanfaron du vice” [the braggart of vice] (Rachilde, Portraits d’hommes [Portraits of men], 77), Lorrain was a complex literary figure. Recurring topics in his work and life include masks and disguises, hybridity, homosexuality, Satanism, h…

Citation: Burin, Alexandre. "Jean Lorrain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 December 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13814, accessed 27 October 2020.]

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