French writer. An associate of the avant-garde poet Apollinaire, he wrote poetry with Futurist tendencies (for example, Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jehanne de France/Prose of the Transsiberian and of Little Jehanne of France 1913) and novels conveying the excitements of an active and varied life.
His volumes of poetry include Les Pâques à New York/Easter in New York (1912), Dix-neuf poèmes élastiques/Nineteen Elastic Poems (1919), and Feuilles de route/Travel Warrants (1924). His novels include L'Or/Sutter's Gold (1925) and Emmène-moi au bout du monde/Take Me to the End of the World (1955).
Cendrars was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He travelled in many parts of the world both before and after World War I (during which he served in the Foreign Legion). In addition to his poetry and novels, he also produced reportages such as Panorama de la pègre/A View of the Underworld (1935) and Chez l'armée anglaise/In the English Army (1940).