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Henri Michaux was born in Namur, Belgium, in 1899. He is equally famous as an artist and as a writer of short prose. Michaux was first published in 1920, but was ignored until after the war when Andre GIde recommended that he be "discovered." His first exhibition of paintings took place in 1937, and from 1946 onwards each year he had one or more shows of his paintings, drawings, and book illustrations. In 1955 Michaux began experimenting systematically with hallucinogenic drugs, especially mescalin, and these experiments resulted in the book Miserable Miracle. A selection of Michaux's writings from 1927 to 1959 has been published in one volume, The Space Within. This book was translated into English as the Selected Writings of Henri Michaux. He has also written a travel memoir entitled A Barbarian in Asia. Michaux died in 1984.