Raymond Roussel

Raymond Roussel was born in Paris in 1877. His writings, including the novels "Impressions of Africa" and "LocusSolus" and volumes of poetry and drama, were largely ignored in his lifetime, but have since been championed by the likes of Raymond Queneau, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Georges Perec, Harry Mathews, and John Ashbery. Roussel died under mysterious circumstances in 1933, decades before his work began receiving the popular acceptance he craved.