1901? b.April 20th. in Paris.
   French surrealist Writer Poet and Ethnographer.
 1918 obtained his baccalauréat in philosophy and after a brief attempt at studying chemistry,
    graduated eventually (with some counselling by Max Jacob) from studies at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.
    developed a strong interest in jazz and poetry. 


 1921-1924 influenced early on by the examples of Raymond Roussel (His father had been the Roussel family lawyer) and 
    Max Jacob, who encouraged him to write;
    Met Georges Henri Riviere, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Desnos, Georges Bataille and the artist Andre Masson, who 
    soon became his mentor. 
    Through Masson, Leiris joined the surrealists and  contributed to La Révolution surréaliste. 
 1922 frequent visitor to studios of Andre Masson and Joan Miro together with Roland Tual, Armand Salacrou and Georges Limbour
 1925 Signatory to the Declaration of January 27 1925
    Glossaire j'y serre mes gloses a fantastic lexicon based on potential analogies between the physical properties of words 
    and their meanings 
 1926 m. Louise Godon, stepdaughter of Picasso's dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler and traveled to Egypt and Greece
 1927–1928  wrote a surrealist novel Aurora  (first published in 1946).
 1927 Jan; joined Communist Party together with Marcel Duhamel, Paul Eluard, Andre Breton, Jacques Prevert, Yves Tanguy, 
    Pierre Unik, Louis Aragon
    Signs Manifesto Hands Off Love in defense of Charlie Chaplin.
    Referenced by Joan Miro together with Georges Bataille in his painting Musique, Seine, Michel, Bataille, et moi  
 1929 fall out with Andre Breton; 
   contributed an essay to the anti-Breton pamphlet Un Cadavre, and joined Georges Bataille as a sub-editor for Documents, 
   to which he also regularly contributed articles 
   Notes on Two Microcosmic Figures of the 14th and 15th Centuries (issue 1); In Connection with the ‘Musée des Sorciers"   
   (issue 2), Civilisation (issue 4),


 1930 The ‘Caput Mortuum’ or the Alchemist’s Wife” (issue 8), 
    Introduced by Luis Bunuel to brother in law of Charles de Noailles, Prince de Ligne, who financed the Mission Dakar-Djibouti.
 1931-1933 secretary-archivist in Marcel Griaule's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Griaule] ethnological field-trip
    across Africa; the Mission Dakar-Djibouti.  
 1934 affair with Helene Gordon
   L’Afrique fantôme, combining both an ethnographic study and an autobiographical project, which broke with the traditional  
   ethnographic writing style of Griaule. Upon his return, he started his practice as an ethnographer at the Musée de l'Homme, a 
   position he kept until 1971?.
   Signatory to Appel a la Lutte against the rise in fascism.
 1937 teamed up with Georges Bataille and Roger Caillois to found the Collège de sociologie
 1939 Erica Brausen helps get him and his wife off the island of Mallorca [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-erica-brausen-1565959.html]


 1940 Joined the Resistance Groupe du Musée de l'Homme [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupe_du_mus%C3%A9e_de_l%27Homme],; amongst whose founders were Rene Iche and Robert Rius
 1945 mission to the Ivory Coast whose report led to the suppression of slavery in French colonies.
   He was a member of Jean-Paul Sartre?'s editorial committee for Les Temps modernes, Leiris was involved in a series of  
   political struggles, including the Algerian War 


 1957 Satrap in the College of Pataphysics together with Jean Ferry, Rene Clair, Joan Miro
 1960  signed the Déclaration sur le droit à l’insoumission dans la guerre d’Algérie, the manifesto supporting the fight against the 
   colonial powers in Algeria.
   Member of OULIPO?.
 1961 head of research in ethnography at the C.N.R.S. (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and published numerous critical  
   texts on artists he admired, including Francis Bacon, a close friend for whom he had modeled. 
 1969?  publication on Black Africa and the Caribbean Cinq études d'ethnologie, 
 1986? With Jean Jamin, [http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Jamin]Leiris founded Gradhiva, a journal of anthropology 

   Leiris was also a talented poet, and poetry was important in his approach to the world. 
   In the preface to *Haut Mal, suivi de Autres Lancers (Gallimard 1969) he is quoted as saying that "the practice of poetry enables 
   us to posit the Other as an equal" and that poetic inspiration is, "a very rare thing, a fleeting gift from Heaven, to which the 
   poet needs to be, at the price of an absolute purity, receptive - and to pay with his unhappiness for the benefits derived from 
   this blessing."
   Visual arts played an important part in Leiris's life (his wife Louise was a leading Parisian art dealer), and with customary 
   lucidity he wrote illuminatingly on his friends Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Francis Bacon?.
   Later in life, Leiris along with his wife, owned the Galerie Louis Leiris, an art institution in Paris

 1990? d. September 30 in Saint-Hilaire, Essonne)

   Web [http://www.michel-leiris.fr/spip/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=25]
   Hommage a Michael Leiris [http://inton.over-blog.com/article-696638.html]
   Michael Leris; French Anthropology and a side trip to the Antilles. [http://www.richandsally.net/files/Leiris-pdf.pdf]
   The Deaths of Michel Leiris [http://assets.cambridge.org/97805214/95745/excerpt/9780521495745_excerpt.pdf] (pdf)
   See Timeline