Why Famous: While Genet started out as a small-time criminal and vagabond, he is best known for his later career as a writer and playwright. Of course, the two are inseparable and one of his best known works is an autobiographical novel: 'The Thief's Journal.'
His writing career began when he wrote his first novel in prison, 'Our Lady of the Flowers.' He took this to Jean Cocteau, to whom he introduced himself and who, impressed with Genet's writing, helped to have his novel published.
From there, his rise was assured and he even entered into political activity; including traveling to the United States on the invitation of the Black Panthers and to Palestinian refugee camps, where he secretly met Yasser Arafat near Amman.
- 1931-11-04 Jean Genet's "Judith" premieres in Paris
- 1933-02-27 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo" premieres in Paris
- 1939-08-03 Jean Genet's "Ondine" premieres in Paris
- 1959-10-28 Jean Genet's "Les Negres" premieres in Paris
- 1960-05-18 Jean Genet's play "Le Balcon" (The Balcony) premieres in Paris