Stefan Themerson

1910 (Płock, Poland) – 1988 (London)

Themerson characteristically claimed to be a verb, not a noun. Franciszka was his partner in everything, Lutosławski writing music for one of their films. Queneau, a fellow-member of the College of Pataphysics (Transcendent Satrap to Themerson’s Commander), gave him two stories to publish. He found the elderly Pol-Dives (with a gramophone) giving slide-shows of his poems in a Paris shed, and met Schwitters in London, staying friends until Schwitters’ death. Lye and Grierson were film-making friends in the U.K., Hausmann a correspondent, while Russell gave him a mathematical formula and co-wrote a book that started as a joke.