Max Jacob was born on July 12, 1876, in Quimper, France. He moved to Paris in 1894 and joined the Montmartre artist community, where he became friends with Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire. He converted from Judaism to Christianity in 1909. Jacob was the author of numerous books, including the poetry collections Le Laboratoire central in 1921 and Le Cornet à dés in 1916. In 1921 he retired to a secluded life in the village of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire, where he wrote and painted for over twenty years. In 1944, Jacob was interned in the concentration camp at Drancy, where he died of bronchial pneumonia on March 5, 1944.
The Selected Poems of Max Jacob (Oberlin College Press, 1999)
The Dice Cup: Selected Prose Poems (SUN, 1979)
Hesitant Fire: Selected Prose of Max Jacob (University of Nebraska Press, 1991)