(April 16, 1896-December 25, 1963)
Born in Moinesti, Romania
Birth name is Samuel Rosenstock
Founder of Dada, an anti-art movement
Also known for his poetry, journalism and political activism
Writings include 'The First Heavenly Adventure of Mr. Antipyrine' (1916), 'The Dada Manifesto' (1918) and 'Twenty-Five Poems' (1918)
Joined French Communist Party in 1936
Why he might be annoying
He moved to Switzerland to avoid involvement in World War One.
Nevertheless he was accused by some as acting as an 'agent of influence' for Germany and its allies.
He eventually abandoned his native language Romanian for French.
He regularly provoked his audiences into rioting.
He claimed Dada meant 'nothing.'
Why he might not be annoying
He started an influential literary magazine in his teens.
Because of Romanian anti-Semitism, he was not considered a full citizen until 1918.
His antics (such as claiming he and Jean Arp would duel) helped publicize Dadaism.
His pseudonym means 'sad in country,' a reference to the plight of Romanian Jews.
He abandoned Communism after the Soviets repressed the Hungarian uprising in 1956.
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