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Michel Butor (French: ; 14 September 1926 – 24 August 2016) was a French writer. Michel Marie François Butor was born in Mons-en-Barœul, a suburb of Lille. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, graduating in 1947. He has taught in Egypt, Manchester, Thessaloniki, the United States, and Geneva. He has won many literary awards for his work, including the Prix Apollo, the Prix Fénéon; and the Prix Renaudot.
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and would involve him in hundreds of collaborative ventures not only with other writers, but also with artists, photographers, composers and filmmakers. Duffy 01 Introduction.
Among the best of the postwar novelists, Michel Butor occupies a high place. Moreover, Butor has taken a theoretical stand very different from Robbe-Grillet's. Rather than trying to find a new definition of limited scope for the novel, Butor has pursued a wide-ranging, ambitious quest extending to the whole of literature.
Michel Butor: Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist who was awarded the Grand Prix by the Académie Française (2013) for his work as one of the leading exponents of the nouveau roman ( new novel ), the avant-garde literary movement that emerged in France in the 1950s. Butor studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. Butor studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and from 1951 to 1953 was a lecturer at the University of Manchester. He subsequently taught in Thessaloníki, Greece (1954–55); Geneva, Switzerland (1956–57 and 1975–91); and numerous cities in the United States and France. After an early experimental novel, Passage de Milan (1954; Milan Passage ), Butor won critical acclaim with L’Emploi du temps (1956; Passing Time), a complex evocation of his gloomy season in Manchester. Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. Although only a few of his works are still read
Michel Butor has long been in the forefront of French writers who have collaborated with leading artists to produce books that are important for their artifactual as well as intellectual value. Mr. Butor came to prominence in the 1950s with his early novels and his association with the New Novelists, writers whose technical experimentations with the literary novel form constituted the most important French literary phenomenon of the 1950s and early 1960s. Michel Butor's gift came to the Library through the generous efforts of Leon Roudiez, prominent scholar of modern French literature and especially of the works of Mr. Butor, professor emeritus at Columbia University and a friend of the writer. Butor's gift continues the Rare Book Division's active collecting in the field of the modern book in all its variations.
Michel Butor in France in 1989. Michel Butor, a French novelist whose experiments with narrative and structure in the late 1950s and early ’60s put him at the forefront of the literary trend known as le nouveau roman ( the new novel ), died on Aug. 24 in Contamine-sur-Arve, in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France. In the 1980s, he embarked on a series of encounters with classic writers that he titled Improvisations. Based on his lecture at the University of Geneva, where he taught from the 1970s until his retirement in 1991, they were collected in three volumes, dealing with Gustave Flaubert, Arthur Rimbaud and Henri Michaux, to which he added the three-volume Improvisations on Balzac in the 1990s. In 2013 the Académie Française awarded Mr. Butor its Grand Prix for his life’s work.
Butor, Michel mēshĕl´ bütôr´, 1926–2016, French novelist and critic. As one of the chief exponents of the nouveau roman (see French literature ), Butor was less interested in the outcome of action in his novels than he was in the action itself. Employing shifting time sequences, a detached attitude, strong visual images, and the interior monologue, he often focused on one small area of experience to reveal the larger complexity of life. After 1960 he largely abandoned the novel, focussing his literary efforts on a number of forms, such as essays, critical pieces, poetry, musical texts, books on artists, and studies of writers, places, and ideas. His late works include Mobile (1962; tr. Mobile: Study for a Representation of the United States, 1963), Niagara (1969, tr.
Books by Michel Butor, Répertoire, Re pertoire, Essais sur les modernes, Le génie du lieu, Degrés, La modification, Entretiens, L' emploi du temps. Essais sur les modernes.