Robert M. Coates

Began his literary career "as a young American in a Paris culturally dominated by Andre Breton' first Manifesto of Surrealism, which declared the total autonomy of the imagination, by the experiments with the Word of the transition group, and by the irreverent parodies in James Joyce's Ulysses and Joyce's further experiments in style which were to culminate in Finnegan's Wake. In this milieu, Robert Coates wrote The Eater of Darkness" published in 1926. He also hung out in cafes with Gertrude Stein and Tristan Tzara.