1907 b. June 14th. in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in the Vaucluse French Poet. Parents Emile Char and Marie-Therese Rouget. His father was mayor and managing director of the Vaucluse plasterworks. He spent his childhood in Nevons, then studied as a boarder at the school of Avignon.
1925 Student at L'Ecole de Commerce de Marseille, reading Plutarch, Francois Villon, Racine, the German Romantics, Alfred de Vigny, Gerard de Nerval and Charles Baudelaire. 1927 he performed his military service in the artillery in Nimes. 1928 Cloches sur le coeur published as a compilation of poems 1922 - 1926. 1929 Founded the journal Meridiens with Andre Cayatte and published three issues. Sent copies of his book Arsenal to Paul Eluard, who in the autumn came to visit him. In late November he moved to Paris, where he met Louis Aragon, Andre Breton, and Rene Crevel, and joined the surrealists. Profession de foi du sujet published in December in the 12th. issue of La Revolution Surrealiste. Meets Luis Bunuel Close friend of many painters notably Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso. 1930 Contributes to Le Surrealisme au service de la revolution. Publishes "Artine" with a frontispiece engraving by Salvador Dali - ''Poet seeks model for Poems. Sittings exclusive during mutual sleep. Rene Char, 8b, Rue des Saules, Paris. No point coming before it is completely dark. Light is fatal for me.'' - Two women applied to meet with him. Andre Breton and Paul Eluard contributed to the advertising flier. 1933 Photograph by Man Ray.
1934 Signatory to Appel a la Lutte against the rise in fascism. 1940 Joined the French Resistance serving under the name of Captain Alexandre. Commanded the Durance -> parachute drop zone. He wrote about these events in his prose poems Feuillets d'Hypnos in an extraordinary manner. Designed for the Marseille Card Game. 1945 Initiated a lasting friendship with Albert Camus -> published in Portfolio. 1950's and 1960s, despite brief and unhappy experiences in the theater and film, he reached full maturity as a poet. 1960's Joined the battle against the stationing of atomic weapons in Provence. A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof 1988? d. February 19th of a heart attack in Paris. See Timeline The Hotel Campredon - (also known as the Maison Rene Char) in L'Isle sur la Sorgue is a public collection of his manuscripts, drawings, paintings and objets d'art. See wiki -> and Resistance in Every Way -> and downloads ->