Roger Shattuck

Roger Shattuck

Roger Whitney Shattuck (1923–2005) was a french scholar, writer, and professor. Said to be old-fashioned with a strong moral compass, Shattuck often wrote on an old typewriter by the light of a kerosene lamp. He was a graduate of Yale and one of the founding members of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics who counted Jean Cocteau, Georges Braque, and Alice B. Toklas among his friends. During World War II Shattuck served in the Army Air Corps and he also worked in France for UNESCO’s film service. During his lifetime he wrote sixteen books including six translations, and his essays frequently appeared in the New York Review of Books. He is best known for his work The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I. In 1975 he received a National Book Award for his work on Marcel Proust. Shattuck was also a professor, despite the fact that he never attended graduate school, and taught at Harvard, Boston University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Writings of Guillaume Apollinaire

by Guillaume Apollinaire

Translated from the French by Roger Shattuck

When Guillaume Apollinaire died in 1918 at the age of thirty-eight, as the result of a war wound, he was already known as one of the most original and important poets of his time. He had led the migration of Bohemian Paris across the city from Montmartre to Montparnasse; he had helped formulate the principles of Cubism, having written one of the first books on the subject, and coined the word “Surrealist”; and he had demonstrated in his own work those innovations we have come to associate with the most vital investigations of the avant-garde.…
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He was an old-fashioned, in a good sense, man of letters…He incarnated his love for literature.
—Harold Bloom
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