Boris Vian was a French writer and musician, among many other professions including acting and engineering. He was born in Ville-d'Avray, France in 1920 and attended Lycée Hoche in Versailles from 1932 to 1937. He subsequently attended Lycée Condorcet in Paris and studied special mathematics until 1939. He is best known for his innovative writing style and surrealistic fiction. L'Écume des Jours (Froth on the Daydream) is one of his most famous works published under his name. Another best seller, titled J'irai cracher sur vos tombs (I Spit on Your Graves) was published under a pseudonym, Vernon Sullivan, in response to the commercial failure of his previous works. He died in 1959 but is still remembered as a great polymath today.
Boris Vian is featured in Edition: Festivus