Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was a French writer whose multifaceted work is linked to the domains of literature, anthropology, philosophy, economy, sociology and history of art. In the 1920’s Bataille associated himself with the Surrealists, even though his opinions soon began to diverge from those of André Breton. Bataille’s life from early 1920s to mid-40s was a bizarre mixture of sporadic work, the frequent visiting of bordellos, and ill health – much of his later fiction and thought came to reflect on and process his way of life. He worked as a librarian at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, then at libraries in Provence and Orléans, until his nightlife and his troubles with tuberculosis finally took their toll. His most famous works include Story of the Eye (1928), Inner Experience (1943), Erotism (1957) and Tears of Eros (1961).
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