A French author, poet, lawyer, and 1970 recipient of the French Grand Prize in Poetry, he is known for such poetic works as Usage du temps, Exister, and Death of the Ferret. His prose works include Canisy, Transparence of the World, and D'Apres Tout.
He worked as a lawyer until 1951, when he was promoted to the position of judge.
He died in 1971 after being run down by a car in a Paris tunnel.
He married the daughter of painter Maurice Denis in 1934.
He was a contemporary of fellow French author Antoine de Saint Exupery.