Apollinaire, Guillaume
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Apollinaire, Guillaume

(August 26, 1880, Rome – November 9, 1918, Paris), French poet and art critic whose real name was Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky. Not least because of the scandal surrounding his volume of poetry, Alcools, published in 1913, Apollinaire was thought to be one of the most important modern French poets alongside Blaise Cendrars at the outbreak of the war.

As a Russian national (his mother was Polish) he was not drafted into the army at the beginning of the war, but he became a volunteer and enlisted with the artillery. At his own …

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Beaupré, Nicolas, “Apollinaire, Guillaume”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 19 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0019>
First published online: 2015



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