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Yves Bonnefoy

French poet and essayist, translator
Yves Bonnefoy (Collège de France, 2004).

Yves Jean Bonnefoy[1] (June 24, 1923 – July 1, 2016) was a French poet, art critics and translator. Bonnefoy published many of translations into French, mainly poems of William Shakespeare. He was born in Tours, France.

He was a professor at the Collège de France from 1981 to 1993. He was the author of several works on art, art history, and artists including Miró and Giacometti.[2] The Encyclopædia Britannica presents him as ″perhaps the most important French poet of the latter half of the 20th century″.[3]

Bonnefoy died in Paris on July 1, 2016, aged 93.


  1. Google Books
  2. "Yves Bonnefoy. Bio-Bibliographie", Éditions de Courlevour. (French) Retrieved 1 July 2013.