Books: Angels and Artifacts

PROFESSIONAL SECRETS, An Autobiography of Jean Cocteau, edited by Robert Phelps. Translated by Richard Howard. 331 pages. Farrar, Straus & G/roux. $8.50.

COCTEAU by Francis Sfeegmuller. 583 pages. Atlantic-Little, Brown. $12.50.

He sometimes liked to sign himself Jean 1'Oiseleur—Jean the bird-tamer—and he was indeed rather like a hummingbird darting among the arts. He was a poet and a painter, a novelist and a dramatist, a film director and a ballet scenarist, a designer of posters, pottery, tapestries, neckties, mosaics and jewelry. Most of all he was Cocteau. He considered "invisibility a sine qua...

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