DAUMAL, René. Boulzicourt, Ardennes 16.3.1908 — Paris 21.5.1944. French Poet interested in India. Born in rural milieu he became a socialist and active anticlerical, but also against materialism. Educated at Lycée de Reims and Sorbonne. In the late 1920s he tried to learn Sanskrit in order to be able to translate Indian texts, but was no scholar. Friend of Uday Shankar and G. Gurdjieff. Married with Vera Milanova. Died of tuberculosis.
Publications: Bharata. L’Origine du Théatre, la Poésie et la Musique en Inde. Traductions de textes sacrés et profanes. 210 p. P. 1970; articles on Indian and Buddhist thought.
– several works of poetry, novels, etc.
Sources: Préface and cover of his posthumous book 1970; R. Lardinois, D.O.L.F. 257.