country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French
educated at: University of Paris
occupation: essayist, writer, poet
award received: Commander of the Legion of Honour, Grand prix national de la poésie, Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Grand prix de littérature de la SGDL, Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française
Francis Jean Gaston Alfred Ponge (French: [pɔ̃ʒ]; 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. He was the third recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1974.
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