Francis Ponge  

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Francis Jean Gaston Alfred Ponge (27 March 1899 – 6 August 1988) was a French essayist and poet. Influenced by surrealism, he developed a form of prose poem, minutely examining everyday objects.


  • Le Parti pris des choses (1942)
  • Proêmes (1948)
  • La Rage de l'expression (1952)
  • Le Grand Recueil (I. "Méthodes", 1961 ; II. "Lyres", 1961 ; III "Pièces", 1962)
  • Pour un Malherbe (1965)
  • Le Savon (1967) as Soap, Jonathan Cape, London
  • Interviews with Philippe Sollers (1970)
  • La Fabrique du Pré (1971)
  • Comment une figue de paroles et pourquoi (1977)
  • Pages d'atelier, 1917-1982 (2005) Gallimard, Paris

Commentaries on Ponge

  • Jacques Derrida, in his essay, "Psyche: Inventions of the Other," minutely analyzes Ponge's poem, "Fable."
  • Jacques Derrida, in his book Signeponge-Signsponge, English translation by Richard Rand, Columbia University Press, 1984.
  • Philippe Sollers, in his essay Francis Ponge, Seghers éditions, Paris, 2001.
  • Annick Fritz-Smead, Francis Ponge: De l'Ecriture à l'Oeuvre, Peter Lang Publishing, 1997.
  • Marco Nuti, Au Pays des Mots. Francis Ponge et l’inaperçu du réel, LED Edizioni Universitarie, Milano, 2009, ISBN 978-88-7916-417-7
  • Jean-Paul Sartre, "L'homme et les choses", in Situations I, Paris, Gallimard, 1947, 251-252.

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