"Eleven days after the delivery, the mother and her baby left the clinic just before the new year, on 30 December. She had given her child the simple name Jean. It was almost as though the bleakness of her situation had yielded up nothing but this bare monosyllable.
Genet himself loved to fantasize about his name. As Jean he was John the Evangelist; his posthumous Prisoner of Love (Un Captif amoureux), it was his Apocalypse. Or he seized on the resemblance between his name and that of Marie-Antoinette’s servant and companion in prison–Jeanne-Louise Genet Campan.”