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Guillaume Apollinaire
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    (August 26, 1880-November 9, 1918)
    Born in Rome, Italy
    Birth name was Wilhelm Albert Wlodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki
    Poetry collections include 'Alcools' (1913) and 'Calligrams' (1918)
    Wrote the play 'The Breasts of Tiresias' (1917)
    Considered a founder of the surrealist movement in literature
    He anonymously wrote an erotic novel, 'The Eleven Thousand Rods,' that was banned in France until 1970.
    He championed the Marquis de Sade as 'the freest spirit that ever existed.'
    He called for the Louvre to be burned down.
    He was arrested on suspicion of having stolen the Mona Lisa (1911).
    Before being released, he implicated Pablo Picasso in the theft.
    He was born out of wedlock to a mother who neglected him because she was a roulette fanatic.
    He organized the first exhibition of cubist art at the Salon of Independents (1911).
    He coined the word 'surrealism' for the Jean Cocteau-Eric Satie ballet 'Parade' (1917).
    He suffered a serious shrapnel wound during World War I.
    Two years later, he died in the Spanish influenza epidemic.

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