Louis Aragon – 1897- 1982
Poet, writer and controversial essayist, Aragon was born Louis Andrieux in Paris. Only briefly a participant in Paris Dada, he founded the pre-Surrealist journal Litterature with Breton and Soupault, then The Surrealist Revolution and the more politicized Surrealism In Service of the Revolution.
Later he ran the art journal Minotaur (1932) and, in New York in 1944, founded the art journal VVV with Duchamp and Ernst. In translation, his best known prose works remain The Libertine (1924) and Paris Peasant (1926).
Marriage to Elsa Triolet (1928) and a visit to Stalin’s Russia (1930) lead Aragon to communism and a split with his fellow Surrealists. After 1932 his work became almost exclusively political in tone.